1979 MG MGB

Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1979
Mileage 72000
Engine 100
Doors 2
Transmission Manual
Make MG
Model MGB

MGB 1979

Title Status --
Exterior Color Carmine Red
Interior Color Black


1979 MG MGB Roadster

With numerous buyouts and mergers, the MG moniker became increasingly less funded, due to concentration of efforts to market other models within the waning British Leyland Company. The MG MGB sports car was the first new sports car for hundreds of thousands of Americans and likely was owned by at least half a million because it had second, third and even fourth owners. A good number of MGB\'s are still around, mostly in restored condition.

A restored version with numerous panels and suspension parts getting attention, we give you a visually very nice condition example of the B from 1979. Everywhere one looks at this car you see no rust, just nice paint and refinished interior surfaces. Save for the large bumpers, (which was the Brit\'s way of getting around the 5 MPH law), and known as the phase 4 version, this car is a great little, nice running, sports car. Going through our consignor\'s notes, we found a detailed maintenance log as well as notes regarding upgrades performed on the electrical system that eliminate some of the typical issues one encounters in MG\'s of the era.

Thinking of a British sports car in anything but green, one may question the Carmine exterior color. However, a glance then a good look at the fit and finish on this car will give one pause to question this outdated thought of the green. Excellent paint, nice bumpers, a clear chrome trim spear, and a nice black canvas convertible top all come together to form this sporty Brit. The top on this car is tight, and rear windows are clear with no clouding or any signs of tearing. A shout out to the British luggage rack for outings that require an overnight stay. MG rally style aluminum wheels are on all 4 corners and show up in 8 spoke form.

A swing of the doors and we have black vinyl for the door panels. This is showing a bit wrinkled and is peppered with black knobs and pulls and aftermarket speakers. The buckets are in black cloth with an almost 3D horizontal and vertical ribbed pattern to compliment the lightly textured grain seat sides and headrests. The original dash is upfront and in splendid condition. Overall, in very nice condition with original gauges and an aftermarket AM/FM/CD player tucked into the factory location. A nice center console in black with an ashtray and the shift lever with its decidedly British wood knob topper. Black carpet covers the floors, and nice black rubber MG mats cover the carpet. A peek into the trunk and it has been completely redone and shows in body matching Carmine with nary a flaw.

A pop of the bonnet and we are met with a well restored engine bay holding the correct 1800cc engine. A Zenith 175CD5T carburetor is on to feed this 4 popper and we note the addition of an electric cooling fan. This is backed by a 4-speed manual gearbox that sends power to a 3.909 geared rear axle. Much of the electrical improvements can be noted under the hood with a modern fuel/relay box and clean and concise wiring.

Giving the car a lift, we see a sea of black undercoated metal. A mostly rust-free environment undercarriage save for a few steel parts that have surface rusting. The unibody and suspension are solid, and as mentioned we see no invasive rust anywhere. Independent coil spring suspension up front and leaf springs on the rear, and power front disc and power rear drum brakes tell the story.

It starts right up, a bit of a climb downward to get in, but good acceleration, smooth ride and comfortable interior, especially the seats. Stops quickly and safely with no pulling to one side with all functions operating as they should.

If you have a hankering for an attack of a winding country back road, with the top down, sun in your face, and wind in your hair tool, then this nice example is probably beckoning. This well dressed, classy British royal is a fine thing to look at and a fun thing to drive. With all rust remediated, electrical upgrades and a plush cloth interior, you will be spit spot!


H-BMC B Series 1.8
N-2 Seat Roadster
487118G-Sequential Unit Number

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display. This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.


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