MGB GT LE (LIMITED EDITION) 40MILES FROM NEW (1981)

£22,995

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Description

Built 11th September 1980 and supplied by MG Dealers Charles Hurst of Belfast, Northern Ireland, This car has spent its life in storage and with minimal use, The current mileage of just 40 miles is believed to be correct.
The previous owner purchased the car in need to light restoration which was carried out in 2019, this included a complete repaint, refurbishment of the original alloy wheels as well as various works carried out to the cars mechanicals to bring the car up to the standard.
Supplied with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate which lists the car as being built with a 4 speed Overdrive and Cast Alloy wheels.
The original purchase invoice for the car is supplied dated 29th April 1981 for £5278.00

INTRODUCTION:
Introduced 1980 Number built - 580 cars
These cars were built at Abingdon in 1979 and were in fact the last MGs to be built at the famous factory before its closure in October 1980. The MGB was originally launched in 1962 and can be described as the world's most successful sports car with over half a million examples being produced during its 18 year span of continuous production.
It was by far the most popular British car to be sold in America since the war. The basic shape of the MGB and GT remained virtually the same throughout its production life apart from the post 1975 cars sporting impact resistant black bumpers front and rear. There were some obvious mechanical and cosmetic changes made to the MGB along the way but there is no doubt that the MGB was ahead of its time when introduced in 1962 and had not dated by 1980 when production ceased and it was regarded by many as the best looking sports car of the sixties and seventies.
The GT version, designated EX 227, a very stylish 3 door hatchback and often referred to as 'the poor man's Aston Martin' did not appear until the Autumn of 1965 and went on sale at £998 which was £143 more than the Roadster. The GT gave considerably more accommodation than the Roadster with an occasional rear seat that would carry pre-teenage children and fold down to give a very usable load/luggage platform. Its superior aerodynamics gave it a higher top speed of over 1OO mph. The third door/tailgate gave good access to the luggage area and made it overall a more practical sports car. The Italian design studio of Pininfarina were responsible for the GTs very pleasing lines and it was one of the first mass production cars to benefit from the relatively newly developed computer aided design techniques.
Pressed Steel Fisher of Swindon who made up the body shells for final assembly at Abingdon received full sized film drawings direct from Italy which were then very rapidly converted to the production drawings, saving considerably on time and cost.
The GT carried on in volume production right up until 1980 and the Limited Edition GT featured was produced to celebrate 50 years of production at Abingdon but sadly as already described the LE MGs were to mark the end of MG car production at Abingdon. The 'end of the line' MGBs were fitted with front spoilers and on the Roadster version with the choice of distinctive alloy wheels or wire spoke wheels. (212 cars were fitted with alloy wheels and 208 cars had wire wheels) . The GT LE was finished in pewter metallic with silver side stripes and sported a silver grey interior, it carried a price tag of £6,937. A total of 1,000 Limited Edition MGBs were produced, 420 in Roadster form, 580 in GT form with the very last of each model going to the Heritage Trust Museum at Gaydon to add to their collection of historic vehicles.
A rare opportunity for any MG enthusiast or Collector to own a real gem & one of the last 580 cars of MG`s production .
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Essentials

  • Mileage: 40
  • Year: 1981
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Hatchback
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Silver

Details

  • Engine layout: Front Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Previous owners: 2

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