This 1981 Limited Edition MGB Roadster is one of only 480 ever built by the factory and has 77 documented miles recorded on its lazy speedometer…
The Bronze Metallic automotive time capsule is one of only 1,000 cars produced (480 Roadsters and 520 GTs) and formed an integral part of a production run that was to last half a century at Abingdon before the factory eventually closed its gates in 1980.
Even with black bumpers, the limited Edition has undeniable styling with its Triumph Stag-type alloys and ‘chin’ spoiler but, more importantly, was fitted with the now desirable overdrive gearbox offering higher fuel consumption, less wear, and lower noise.
40 Years ‘New’
This particular stylish MGB was originally purchased in 1981 by the owner of a tyre company based in Hereford, who then decided two would be better than one and duly ordered a pair from The Automobile Palace in Llandrindod Wells. Already the proud owner of a small collection, the MGBs would be carefully stored in a heated garage along with the obligatory dehumidifier until 1983 when the British ‘Bs’ were relocated to the new owner’s premises, also based in Hereford.
While the car had 3 further owners prior to the most recent, who purchased the MG in 2016, it seems none were interested in driving but extremely keen on preserving its historic importance with every effort made to retain the Roadster’s integrity, hence its Back to the Future mileage.
MGB Roadster Interior
Not to everyone’s taste but vibrant nonetheless, Metallic Bronze roadsters embraced an ‘eye-catching’ bright orange and brown seating area material so remember to wear those vintage sunglasses when cruising along the highway – even on an overcast Sunday.
Joking aside, the interior is ‘new’ and described by Car & Classic Head of Editorial, Chris Pollitt as ‘being sat on for not more than a few hours without any marks or variation in colour at all‘.
“A car with 77 miles on the clock cannot have been driven for more than a few hours since it was bought in 1981, but it is also clear that it has been stored in a way that has preserved it perfectly. Mechanically, nothing has been altered as you can see when you lift the bonnet, and the immaculate engine bay looks untouched. We think that this is a great collector car, especially with few Limited Edition Roadsters still in circulation.”
Remarkably, matching spare wheel, jack and tools are still in their original packaging, with a full tonneau cover that looks like it never left the packaging in which it was originally supplied. Rarer still, none of the plastic or black bumpers, show any signs of fading which ties in with MG has spending so little time in daylight.
An amazing car with a ‘bright’ future!
The online-only auction is running presently and finishes on 27 October. The guide price is £30,000 but you’ll have to be quick…
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