40 Years In The Barn: 1971 MGB

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This 1971 MGB has clearly been hiding for many years, to the point that it appears the barn is about to collapse on top of it. Fortunately, the MG is out in the daylight, and located just a short hop away from the large Georgia collection listed here on Barn Finds as an Exclusive. Toccoa, Georgia, is near the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, so you’ll be able to take in some great scenery if you choose to rescue the MG as it’s listed here on craigslist for a measly $400.

The seller notes that the MG has been parked in this barn for 40 years, and as you can see, time has not been kind to it. However, he says there’s no major rot-through (at least that he saw on his “quick” view of the car), which wouldn’t surprise me given Georgia doesn’t use nearly as much road salt as they do in my neck of the woods. The interior may be a lost cause, but did someone flip the seats around to protect the upholstery?

Not surprisingly, the seller notes parts have been scavenged off the MG over the years. Whether due to theft or to keep a larger fleet of more roadworthy MGs running is not disclosed. The better value here may be in parts, and the seller notes the most worthwhile bits “…are the wheels (5 knockoffs), rear bumper, gauges and transmission.” 

How would you approach this MGB? Is it a viable restoration project or too far gone to save? Similar to this early model that’s hidden away in the other half of the big Georgia collection we’ve listed here, there’s lots of desirable trim worth grabbing but also too many good-running and complete cars out there to justify rebuilding a basket case. Which path would you take with this cheap barn-find MGB?  Thanks to Barn Finds reader Roger for the find.

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    Blue car is an MG Midget. White car might be worth restoring but the blue one is a questionable find.

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  2. Rex Kahrs Rex KahrsMember

    Let me get this straight: he’s paying $400 to anyone who will haul this heap out of the barn. Not enough.

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  3. Walter

    Wear a hard hat when you go to pick up this gem!

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  4. Del

    Complete Hantavirus kit.

    You die trying…….

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  5. hatofpork

    This project will separate the men from the…mice!

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  6. Coventrycat

    There’s already about 100,000 too many of these on the road already. Let the dead thing on the hood keep it.

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