There’s something markedly special about a ‘survivor’ – an unrestored car that stands the tests of time and clearly come out ahead. Most cars don’t reach that coveted status because, well, we drive them…sometimes quite a lot.
But the original owner of this 1979 MG MGB drove theirs decidedly less, only notching 8,303 miles in 36 years, and it seems it is now time to let someone else have a crack at it from behind the wheel. The iconic British sports car is up for sale on eBay: the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the roadster-loving special someone in your life.
The lovable MGB came onto the scene in 1962 as the successor to the MGA, and like the British Invasion in music, the new MG roadster became a popular sight in the sports car scene. The MGB’s long snout houses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which produces around 94 horsepower and 110 lb-ft of torque.
While straight-line speed wasn’t its purpose, it could paste a smile on your face if you encountered a windy backroad. Over its 18 year production run, MG cranked out nearly 400,000 MGBs from its Abingdon production line.
For the most part, this 1979 example looks like it just rolled out of that factory. In addition to its scant mileage, the unrestored roadster boasts all-original paint, interior trimmings, soft top, and luggage rack.
The seller notes this MGB was kept in its Southern California garage for all of its life, and given the quality of its paint and interior, we believe them. The undercarriage shows some wear and tear expected of a 36 year old car, but the tin worm looks to have largely left this British roadster alone.