Project Description

MGB Roadster

Interesting history low mileage example

Price

€12,495

Year

1980

Mls/Kms

41,454 Miles

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History File

As the final chapter of the MGB story was unfolding in 1980, the Abingdon factory was far from following its usual routine. Our April 1980 built LHD example (chassis: GVVDJ2AG/515174) showcases this deviation from the norm. Ordered by German distributor Sigel Automobile in Pfullingen on behalf of Herr Hartmut Roth, it is believed by the Heritage Trust that this may have been a “take it or leave it” situation, explaining why a LHD US specification car was delivered to Germany. The September 1980 invoice confirms that Herr Roth took delivery of his new American specification car, which remained in his possession until 1997. With just four German owners in total, the car’s 41,454 miles are well-documented through various invoices and German roadworthiness TÜV inspection reports. Now back on the market, this affordably priced example stands out as a bit of a survivor compared to other MGBs.

Exterior

Except for the driver’s door, which was repaired following a shopping trolley incident, this lively car still sports its original factory coat of Carmine Red paint. Both rubber bumpers are in pristine condition, affirming the car’s low mileage. Photos of the roof erected suggest it may be the original factory item, still in perfectly serviceable condition despite having spent much of its life stowed away. There are no corrosion issues, as confirmed by images of the floor pan and chassis.

Interior

The original PVC tan seats and door cards remain in the car and are in lovely condition. New tan carpets have clearly refreshed the interior and have been added to the boot area as well. The full tonneau cover appears to be the factory original, showing signs of regular use but still in good condition. A practical battery master switch is neatly installed on the rear panel behind the seats, controlling the converted 12-volt system. Overall, the interior reflects the very low mileage of this well-preserved example.

Engine & Transmission

The original 1798cc engine, numbered 18V-884—AE-L/9595, is intact. While the single Stromberg carburetor would typically restrict the US output, driving the car suggests it feels more powerful than other US models we’ve had at Cathedral Classics. The electronic overdrive functions smoothly both up and down.

Wheels & Tyres

The factory Rostyle wheels are enhanced with chrome trim rings and all neatly covered in fairly new Uniroyal 165/R14 tyres.

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