The MGB GT is one of the true British sports cars which has remained popular to this day, thanks to its lively nature and sweet handling. They are also a good option for someone who is looking to buy a British classic without breaking the bank. I actually drove an MG Midget last year and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think that experience was one of the reasons that spurred me on to get the modern equivalent – the Mazda MX-5.
Anyway, back to the MGB GT. As mentioned, it’s a popular car so it shouldn’t be difficult to get one on the used market. However, not many will be in quite good condition as the one offered by Classic Car Auctions. Presented for auction in April, this 1980 example, finished in Brooklands Green, is virtually new.
It may be 37 years old but in its lifetime this British classic has covered just 1,500 miles. No, that’s not a mistake by the way. In fact it’s spent the majority of its life – 30 years in fact – in dry storage, waiting to be enjoyed once again. Seeing as this car is almost like a new car, it does come with a new car price tag. £12,000-£15,000 is the estimate place on the GT, which some may think is a bit steep but hey. it’s still a lot cheaper than other great British classics such as the Jaguar E-Type.
“This is a genuine, preserved, unrestored example of a much-loved and enjoyable, classic British sports car,” explains Nigel Gough, classic car specialist, CCA. “Rarely do we see a car of this age with such a low mileage, and the owner has clearly kept the car this way intentionally to create what we call a time-warp example of the model, which is highly collectible.”