The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 168
1980 MGB IV LE Roadster

Selling on Saturday

1980 MGB IV LE Roadster


• Limited Edition model celebrating the last year of MG production
• Lovely black paint and like-new tan cloth top
• Shows 65,000 miles from new
• Air-conditioning and factory alloy rims

109 cid inline four-cylinder engine, 62 HP, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front coil spring suspension, semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension with live rear axle, front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 91

British Leyland knew as early as the late 50s they needed to up their game to compete in the US - more power, more options, and more comfort. They brought the MGB to market in 1963, and through 1980, well over half a million were sold. Their unibody construction and proven suspension made the B one of the most popular imported sports cars in the US for many decades. They have a huge cadre of fans and theyre still among the most popular classic sports cars out there. First designed for the 1975 model year, the Mk IVs molded polyurethane bumpers were mandated and designed to handle a 5-mph crash without deforming. By the time this penultimate MGB reached the assembly line, the suspension had been upgraded with front and rear anti-roll bars and both the engine and passenger compartments had been improved.

In March 1979, British Leyland started the production of this exclusive black-painted limited edition called the LE and initially, it was meant for a total of 500 examples. Due to a high demand for the limited-edition model, production ended with British Leyland selling 6,682 examples. This one is equipped with 14 GKN Alloy wheels, limited edition silver graphics, air-conditioning, and an RCA AM/FM stereo. The finish on this car is straight and true, with a fine deep black shine. The panel fit is outstanding, the special graphics are crisp, making this one of the sharpest and most unique MGBs youll ever see. The tan vinyl interior is in excellent shape, with clean carpets and a fine-condition tan soft top that fits like new. Slide into the classic MG cockpit and enjoy the sharp woodgrain dash and leather-wrapped steering wheel, both of which harken back to the early days of legendary MG production.

This lovely MGB represents the end of a thrilling and successful sports car era and is fully sorted and ready for the new owner to show with pride or simply drive for enjoyment.

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