20 Years Stored: MGB GT Pair

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What is it about old MGs that make owners inclined to buy them in batches and otherwise leave them clustered together for years at a time? I don’t think there is an automotive genre more prone to this sort of hoarding, and it’s likely due to a combination of affinity for the marque and the need to have a few parts cars hanging around. The seller of these two MGB GTs has owned them for many years and clearly has a few others hanging around. Find the listing here on craigslist with a price of $2,500.

It’s not disclosed whether that’s a package price or individually, but the seller does note that the cars come with titles and he believes he could have them running if he had the time. The MGB GT shown here is described as originally being yellow in color and comes with wire wheels and equipped with its original engine and transmission. As you can see in the photos, he won’t be missing this GT if it sells considering there are a few others in the barn.

What’s that on the other side of this formerly-yellow car? The seller describes the other car that’s offered for sale but doesn’t appear to offer any photos of it, as he describes it as having steel wheels, a four-speed manual gearbox, and cloth interior. Regardless, that car was supposedly driven into storage where it’s been ever since. What causes someone to drive a running, driving classic car into the barn and then leave it there for over 20 years? That’s a question for the ages on this website.

The MGB GT is still an absolutely striking car, and if you’ve ever seen one coming down the road towards you, lowered on slightly chunkier tires, you’d have a hard time looking away; the profile is simply that tantalizing. While there’s little financial upside in these cars, buying one of them could be a means to accessing a treasure trove of spare parts that a seller like this has been stashing away, and maybe even working out a deal for a better price than what’s listed here. Who wants to find out?

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Comments

  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    I guess you could throw $2,500 at the two of them and possibly come out ahead. As said, they are good looking cars and fun to drive.

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  2. Troy

    1300 miles away I don’t know where I can rent a two space trailer to get them home. Don’t know what shipping would cost now days

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  3. Hatofpork

    The black car looks like a Magnette ZB.

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  4. Joe MecciaMember

    If they are straight, NOT rusty and all there, they are definitely worth putting back together. Looks like all the glass is good too. The pre 70 cars to me are the most desirable. No side markers, chrome bumpers and grilles, older taillights, steel dashes (67 down) and no head restraints on seats. A true classic that can be put back on the road for a small investment ( if you do the work yourself). I am having a blast putting back together a 69 BGT. It will be painted, new interior and in solid running condition for under $4000. I will always be able to recoup my investment when the time comes for the next project. The BGT can be ‘smaller sandbox’ project without ‘giving away the store’!!

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  5. Tony Wattwood

    I don’t believe that is a 67 model. Wrong spinners, has backup lights, etc. its been a long time since I owned mine, so I could be wrong….

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    • TouringFordor

      It might be a ’68. Backup lights, old style tail lights, and wire wheels without spinners (spinners are very dangerous, according to US standards).

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  6. Martin Horrocks

    Have just sold a really good original 45000 mile MGB GT V8, best post war MG, RHD only and only 2500 built. Very desirable mini Aston Martin by most accounts. In this condition they sell for$20-25000.

    We had the car on sale for 18months and got almost no response, other than a couple of MG people who didn’t seem to know what they wanted. So finally it eent a dealer at auction for $15000.

    So my take on your opening rhetorical question, Jeff, would be that MG owners seem to love a “bargain”, buying cheap and piling high.

    MGB GT is a nice shopping car.

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    • Little_Cars Little_CarsMember

      “Buying cheap and piling high” — great comment. That used to be me! I have found MGs are better as trading stock than actual outright selling. And typically to a newbie who wants to dip their toe into the world of LBC.

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  7. Eric B

    Sorry to hear. It seems like in this time of crazy car prices, roadsters and even GT’s have remained at reasonable prices, thankfully. With a rare example like yours, I wonder how it would’ve faired on BAT, where everyone’s eyes seem to be these days.

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    • Eric B

      I wrote this in reply to Martin’s comment, not sure why it didn’t post that way.

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  8. Elbert Hubbard

    Rust, bondo, missing parts, Minnesota license plate along with really excellent pictures and descriptions – so they will pay someone $2500 to haul these off?

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  9. Wayne

    I sold a 1971 GT with 32,000+ original miles and still have a “standard” B roadster. (Later model where I removed the rubber bumpers and installed the chrome ones. Not an easy bolt on situation with some semi-serious body work involved.) I have owned and/or been responsible for many others in the past. But I am not sure why I like them. Not exciting to drive (my personal feelings) nor do they do anything better than many other cars. But I guess that it is a realistically “cheap” car to own and maintain. (if you do the labor your self) and a nice ride to go for ice cream on a summer evening.

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  10. chrlsful

    mgb gt’s (alu Buick bent8, 215ci was it?) the 1 for me…

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