1981 MGB LE ROADSTER - offered at No Reserve Registration N...





1981 MGB LE ROADSTER - offered at No Reserve

Registration Number: DYB 848X
Chassis Number: GVADJIAG522814
Recorded Mileage: 8,525 miles 

- One owner from new
- Very late final edition of the eponymous British sports car
- Highly original low mileage example
- Offered at No Reserve on behalf of a deceased estate

The MGB was first introduced in May 1962 as a direct replacement for the MGA. Performance was brisk with power supplied by a 1798cc four cylinder iron block engine set within a monocoque lightweight body shell with crumple zones incorporated. October 1965 saw the introduction of the GT and was based on the already popular roadster. Designed by Pininfarina, the new GT sported a hatchback giving useful access to the rear luggage space and a rear bench seat that enabled the car to be called a 2+2. Although acceleration was slightly slower than the roadster, top speed was better by 5mph due to the increased aerodynamic efficiency.

The production of 1,000 LEs (Limited Edition) in October 1980, included 421 Roadsters and 579 GTs, and marked the end of the line for home market MGBs. The LE Roadsters were all finished in a striking and unique Metallic Bronze for the UK and trimmed in Orange and Brown cloth and featured distinctive Gold stripes on their flanks, deep front spoilers and Triumph Stag-style 14 x 5.5 inch alloy wheels. The latter being cast by GKN Kent Alloys Ltd. The price tag was £6,445, for which you received a very well-sorted two-seater sports car. They have inevitably become collectible. 

This exceptionally late and low mileage example was registered to its first and only owner in May 1982, supplied by Harris Motors of Wells. In 2011 the car was placed in long term dry storage, to be removed just recently following the passing of its owner. 

Showing a mere 8,525 miles recorded, which although not warranted we fully believe to be correct, this wonderful survivor is presented in extremely well preserved condition. Prior to sale the MG will be treated to a service and provided with a new MoT certificate. The MGB will be supplied on a bill of sale, history report, with a new V5C to be applied for in the new keeper’s name.

Auction Date: 11th Mar 2023 at 2pm

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Sale Dates:
11th Mar 2023 2pm (Lots 1 to 42)