1979 MGB GT


・Sebring Style Bumpers
・Lots of paperwork to indicate work completed

The Background 

An iconic of British motoring the MGB entered production in 1962 and ran until the 1980s in its original form, the name was revived in 1992 for three years but it wouldn’t live up to the original MGB. The MGB was originally designed as a 2-seater, soft-top, four-cylinder sports car but the hard top option was introduced in 1965. A proper little sports car the MGB would end up selling 520,000 units and is now one of the most recognisable classic British sports cars.

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The History 

This MGB GT has had a long life with a few different owners but this shouldn’t detract from what it symbolises, it shows us how Great Britain once was when it came to little sports cars. This specific MGB appears to have spent the majority of its latter life up in the North of England residing in the Liverpool area and then Derbyshire before making its way down to Buckinghamshire with the current owner. They have recently done a few jobs on the car including fitting the Sebring style bumpers and rectifying an issue with the overdrive gear that wasn’t working when they picked it up.

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The Paperwork 

There is a big folder full of paperwork that comes with the car, it includes an original handbook, tax discs and an array of old MOT certificates. Within this folder there are also loads of invoices from previous works. Some of them range from little bits like £9.95 choke cable from the MG Owners Club to a £400 bill for replacing the Cross Member, fuel pump and other parts. All this paperwork shows you that the previous owners have understood that this car is special and have kept the invoices that are little and large.

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The Interior

The interior is just classic MGB, there are few dials to distract you from enjoying the driving sensations that this car unlocks. The wooden steering wheel is in good condition, as are the door cards and the seats. The latter having little to no marks and no rips. All in all the interior of this little MGB GT is in good condition and ready for you to get in and start the next chapter in its life.

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The Exterior

The exterior is now finished in this striking satin blue colour, it is believed that when it left the factory in 1979 it was actually white and one of the previous owners has decided that this blue is a better colour for the car. All of the chrome brightwork is in good condition and the more traditional MGB GT steel wheels are fitted to this car, just setting off the true classic look. This car from factory was a rubber bumper option and instead of a conversion to Chrome bumpers the current owner decided to fit this racing inspired Sebring bumper that came with the car which makes it look like one of the racing versions of the MGB GT.

One thing to note on the exterior is that since the Sebring bumper has been fitted one of the front indicators has now decided that it doesn’t want to work. Which is a weird issues considering it worked before the bumper was fitted.

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The Mechanics

The mechanical parts of this car work just like the rest of it. It’ll start with a bit of choke and when you pull away you can easily go through all of the gears, the current owner has got the overdrive gear sorted so now you can engage this to make it more of a comfortable cruiser.

One issue that is apparent only when you get up to speed is that one of the front wheel bearings could possibly do with replacing as it’ll scream at you if you go too fast.

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The Appeal 

The MGB GT is an iconic classic British sports car. A few years ago, you could pick one of these up for next to nothing but thanks to the strong Classic Car market they have steadily increased in price, making this MGB GT a great investment proposition.

Not only is it money well spent but the times you will spend in this car will stick with you for a lifetime. Whether you had one of these from new or you are just getting started in Classic Cars, the MGB GT offers you a great platform to enjoy the lifestyle at a reasonable price. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1979
  • Make MG
  • Model GT
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 105,000 Miles
  • Engine size 1798
  • Location Buckinghamshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
5 bids
  • Mi•••• £5,700 20/10/21
  • Ri•••• £5,600 20/10/21
  • ol•••• £5,500 13/10/21
  • Fi•••• £2,500 13/10/21
  • ma•••• £750 13/10/21

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