Fewer than 160 miles from new,1981 MGB Roadster  Chassis no. GVADJ1AG518321 Engine no. 38256

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Lot 679
Fewer than 160 miles from new, 1981 MGB Roadster
Registration no. KPN 294W Chassis no. GVADJ1AG518321 Engine no. 38256

Sold for £ 8,970 (US$ 11,723) inc. premium
Fewer than 160 miles from new
1981 MGB Roadster
Registration no. KPN 294W
Chassis no. GVADJ1AG518321
Engine no. 38256
One of the most successful sports cars Britain has ever produced, the MGB was mechanically similar to the preceding MGA, though with unitary-construction bodyshell and larger 1.8-litre B-Series engine. Introduced in 1962, the ‘B’ was a right-first-time design that changed little over the years apart from a minor facelift for 1970 and the adoption of plastic bumpers for 1975. By the summer of 1980 however, the entire British Leyland conglomerate was in serious trouble. MGB sales had slowed and the Abingdon workforce had been on a three-day week for some time. Nevertheless, stocks of unsold cars continued to accumulate almost as fast as MG’s financial losses, leaving BL’s bosses with no option but closure. A consortium, headed by Aston Martin’s Alan Curtis, was formed with the intention of continuing MGB production. When the bid collapsed, MG’s plant at Abingdon, its home since 1929, was put up for sale in July 1980, though clearance of the stock of unsold cars would continue into 1981. By the time of its sad demise, the MGB had enjoyed an eighteen-year production life and worldwide sales totalling in excess of 500,000 cars.
First registered on 2nd January 1981, this MGB Roadster has covered fewer than 160 miles from new and is currently registered in the name of its original keeper, although it is no longer owned by him. The vehicle is presented in excellent, effectively ‘as new’ condition and is offered with Swansea V5 registration document, MoT to May 2006 and its original sales invoice and service pack.
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