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1978 MG B Roadster

1978 MG B 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 MGBs 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 1978. Everywhere one looks at this car you see no rust, and nice paint or finished 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.

Thinking of a British sports car in anything but green, one may question the Red 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 However, a glance, then a good look at the fit and finish on this car will give one pause to question this outdated thought of the green.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, including an LE spoiler hanging below the front, clear chrome, and a nice top, with fully replaced inner and outer sills, and reinforced door panels, you cannot really go wrong. Original restored Rostyle steel wheels and a spare in the carpeted trunk are wrapped in metric radials.

With snappy black stitched reverse 3D vented style vinyl buckets flanking a small but very clean console housing the mini shifter, and a clean little dash, the interior becomes very comfortable all be it tight (but I'm reminded it is a sports car). An aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette radio sits proudly in the center, and is bordered by temperature control knobs, and a seat belt warning light. Standard tachometer and speedo with water and fuel gauges front the original steering wheel and sit in a field of black textured vinyl…all clean. Last a note about the sea of clean black pile carpeting and the vinyl door panels, both very nice.

A pop of the bonnet and we are met with the 1800cc red block, polished (but not too much) valve covered, Weber carbureted 4 popper, sitting in a restored and clean engine bay. This is backed by a 4-speed manual gearbox, which shifts ultra-smoothly.

Giving the car a lift, we see POR-15 coated rust-free environment undercarriage, frame, and suspension. tube shocks put on the rear, a stainless exhaust snaking its way rearward, and front disc and rear drum brakes tell the story.

If you have a hankering to launch 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 clean well worked on example is probably beckoning. This well dressed, classy British royal is a fine thing to look at and a fun thing to drive.

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 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 in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.