EXCLUSIVE: 1980 MGB Limited Edition With 2,550 Miles!

What Makes It Special? After 293,592 MGB roadsters sold in the U.S. since 1962, MG decided to go out with a batch of 500 special, Limited Edition cars for the 1980 model year. Like any good limited edition, however, MG quickly realized that demand should be the only limitation and ended up building 6,682, bringing the 18-year total to 300,274.

This particular MGB was found stored in a garage on Cape Cod. It had been sitting since 2002. The then new owner had hoped to use it for beach days but ended up putting a whopping 2 miles on the odometer in 16 years! The prior two owners had accumulated all of 1,720 miles.

Currently, the car has 2,550 logged miles after having all repairs needed for safe driving. It has been trailered to Miami to enjoy the winters and stretch its legs. This is a true survivor MGB in the spectacular Limited Edition trim. This superior unblemished original condition car will excite any MGB enthusiast!

Body Condition: The paint is all original and has no parking dings or significant scratches. The convertible top is supple and free of any wear.

Mechanical Condition: The car has been prepared for the road, with new brake fluid, wheel cylinders and rubber brake lines replaced. The fuel system has been completely gone through and the ignition was upgraded to electronic for maintenance free driving. The original points ignition is fully functional and will be included for the purist buyer. Tires were replaced for safety, and the original tires are also included. The front suspension bushings were replaced as the original rubber had failed form sitting. Everything works as it should.

We’ve had the pleasure of owning a number of MGBs over the years, they really are fantastic little sports cars, but the overwhelming majority have been driven hard. This is without a doubt the nicest and lowest mileage example we have ever seen! You’d be hard pressed to find another Special Edition in this kind of condition, heck you’d have a hard time finding any MGB in this nice of condition that hasn’t already been restored. So, if you’ve been on the hunt for a “brand new” MGB, here’s your chance to own one! You can contact Heitman C via the form below with any questions or your best offer.

Do you have an ultra low mileage survivor that just came out of long term storage? Please consider listing it here on Barn Finds!

  • Asking Price: $24,900 OBO
  • Location: Miami, Florida
  • Mileage: 2,550
  • Title Status: Clean
  • VIN: GVVDJ2AG508614

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Comments

  1. NotSure Member

    Wow! Amazing condition! I wonder what it sold for new? I hope that they’re not including that red dog in the sale…

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    • GH Member

      Dog not included. Not at any price.

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    • Macfly Member

      Dog not included. Not at any price…

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    • Robert Crissinger

      Sold for over 8 grand when new.
      Far below the pace of inflation
      Not worth over 23K for a 65horsepower Rubber bumper slug

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      • Bert Kanne

        From a little bit earlier era I would rather have a decently upgraded and sorted out pre big bumper Fiat 124 Spider

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      • Macfly Member

        Out the door price with tax, tags, undercoating, poly wax and a five year warranty was $10,550 according to the sales receipt.

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  2. Howard A Member

    Sorry, very few MGB’s are worth $25g’s, nice non-O/D ones can be had for under $5g’s, I’ve been looking, and there’s a bunch. A MGB is a MGB and the LE, even in this condition, I feel, does little to justify the price. I beg to differ with the seller, it’s not a “brand new” car and again, plenty of headaches await the new owner. Just the type of car it is. Sorry, it’s the way it is.

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    • Macfly Member

      Of course you are right that this car is no better than factory fresh, which also contained British Leyland faults, as they were. But to certain people, knowing you are making the decisions how to deal with them yourself is quite valuable. Knowing there are no “custom” repairs hidden away somewhere is what those buyers appreciate.

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  3. healeydays

    Never thought I would see a “rubber baby bumper” MGB get these type of prices, but this one might be worth it.

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  4. Little Cars

    I don’t mind the price, that’s all the money. Without an overdrive this isn’t any more of a premium than any other 1980, emissions-choked British Leyland offering. And with less than 3000 miles, I wouldn’t let my dog sit in the cockpit. Even a well-behaved, hypoallergenic canine can reek havoc on vinyl-covered upholstery given the right, ahem, stimuli outside the vehicle. Low, low mileage vehicles cost a lot to bring them back due to the degradation of soft parts and metal fatigue.

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  5. Fred W

    I appraised one of these a couple of years ago for a long distance buyer buying from a dealer. Asking price was 29K. It was one of those rare instances where I was able to say the car was everything the seller said it was- like a brand new 1980 MGB. I still think the price was lofty though.

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  6. CCFisher

    How can this be called a “survivor” when it never had a chance to live? A survivor is a car that was used as intended and managed to defy the odds and remain in serviceable, presentable condition. This car was deliberately preserved. Personally, I’m more impressed by a car that was lovingly used as intended and well cared for.

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    • Robert

      That’s not the definition of a Survivor in the collector car field

  7. peter mcdonald

    the problem with a 1980 mgb is that it is a 1980 mgb. underpowered, to high up ,can’t corner worth beans . too much plastic !! RUBBER BUMPERS ???? 1975 should have been the last year.

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    • Bert Kanne

      I agree with you totally. By 1980 MGB in the USA was in an era of cars that mostly should be avoided. Jacked up, underpowered, clumsy and just plain ugly.

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      • Macfly Member

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is the only model MGB I would own and have had two. I have my own reasons.

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    • Rob

      1975 was a rubber bumper 65hp MGB
      Last chrome bumper MGB was early 1974 models

  8. Gene Parmesan

    For that money, you could get at least two SUPER nice “metal dash” (’67 and before) Bs with overdrive that you wouldn’t feel bad about putting miles on. If you have the money to burn, it’s probably a decent investment. But these cars are so fun to drive that owning one just to watch it sit around would be a heartbreaker.

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    • Howard A Member

      I agree, truth be known, and I don’t mean to rip on a BF’s exclusive, the 1980 was the least wanted one. I currently narrowed down my vintage sports car search to the MGB. It, without going the Spitfire, Midget route, is about the only sports car under $5g’s today. And some nice ones, too, but most do not have O/D, a must for the wide open spaces of Colorado. I read, O/D was ordered by less than 18% of all MGB’s ordered. That’s almost 54,000 cars, but not many in the US. Tightwads, it was a $208 option, and I bet many owners regretted not paying a bit more for it.

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      • Rob

        Unless they ordered one from the order sheet the overdives were fairly few on the dealer showroom. It was a $160 option when I ordered it 1971

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  9. Saul

    Amen, Gene! Someone put this MGB with the 176 mile Grand Prix from last week on Barn Finds and start a museum! Some of us like to drive our cars, not stare at them in our living rooms or at our summer home.

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  10. Little Cars

    In the past three years I have scrapped two rusty B’s just for their overdrives, had no problem finding a buyer for that gearbox even if needing a rebuild (pretty simple–most don’t). Currently have one in a car that will also be parted out, and it is a rubber-bumper 1978.

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  11. Matt R

    Even on Hemmings you could get a nice 1967 for that price.

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  12. Coventrycat

    A black car with that mileage, thought it was going to be a Grand National.

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  13. 200mph

    Actually, the early Rubber Bumper B’s (1974 1/2 and 75) are the ones to avoid. Later cars saw the return of a front sway bar to aid handling.
    Some collectors buy low odometers, and pay up for such cars, but $25k for any RBB, even the build-out “unlimited edition”, is still overreaching. Someday, maybe.

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  14. Bob Morris

    Even though I love MG’s, I raced a B in SCCA in the 60’s, the rubber bumper model leaves me cold. But somebyout there lives it so the seller will get close to the asking price!

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  15. James A. Mogey

    If it weren’t for those god awful bumpers . . .

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  16. Allen Member

    Some errors in the description here. 1980 MGBs came from the factory with electronic ignition. Unfortunately, very few of these electronic units survived more than a very few years. The problem was that electronic components that could tolerate that proximity to engine heat had yet to be developed.

    The “original” points-ignition is not original – although it was a very sensible upgrade at the time. The ad doesn’t say whether this car has overdrive or not. With today’s 70 and 75 mph speed limits, overdrive is essential to the eardrums, if nothing else. BUT, take into account that the national speed limit in the ’70s was 55 mph. At a leisurely 3500 rpm, a non-overdrive MGB will cruise along very cheerfully at 63 mph. Given those circumstances, I suspect it was a little easier to forego the overdrive.

    MG did NOT decide to “go out” with a batch of LEs. The closure at Abingdon on 24 October 1980 was rather a surprise. The LEs were actually offered as early as 1979.

    Low mileage is not really an attraction for most MGB owners. Yes it has its attractions but a frequently-driven example, thoughtfully maintained, is usually a better deal. Given my choice, for half the price I’d buy the nicest driven MGB I could find.

    FWIW…

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    • Macfly Member

      Allen, thank you for clarifying the original ignition was also electronic. Either way, that original unit is included in the sale and is functioning properly (replaced unnecessarily in favor of reliability). There is no overdrive on this car.

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      • Allen Member

        Macfly,

        Thanks for your kind response. I’ve owned over 40 MGs – most of them Bs – since 1984, and I love these cars passionately. While I think your price is extremely optimistic, as an MGB owner, I can only say go for it! This can only bode well for the value of my cars.

        I have owned a number of rubber-bumpered Bs in the past. In terms of a down-to-earth sensation of being in contact with the road, of being one with a responsive machine, there is nothing like the ’62-67 metal-dash models. Almost all the changes that occurred from 1968 until the end were remarkable attempts to keep up with US emissions and “safety” regulations, while constrained by BL’s choke-hold on MG. Given the technology of the time, all cars suffered. I remember Mopar 318s of the period that were totally gutless. No matter what they did to the poor car, it kept selling very well – even through the rubber-bumper era.

        By 1980, MGBs were hardly a shadow of the spirited metal-dash cars, yet the detuned 1800 became incredibly smooth. It’s still capable of quite high speeds although it takes forever to get to them. It’s a very pleasant and enjoyable car to drive even though it only minimally qualifies as a sports car. Most us who own them are not good enough drivers to get the best out of a ’60s era MGB anyway.

        Among RB MGBs, they certainly got it right with the LE trim package. Visually, they surely made the best of the RBs. I find them handsome little cars.

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  17. Paul Serdiuk

    Allen,
    Adding to your comment of originality. The LE’s came with a black interior. I suspect the tan interior in this one had to be replaced.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Actually, they came with both. Although I’m partial to the black, having had one. That would rule this car out for me. But I know for a fact many came with tan interiors; my father looked at two like that left over at the dealership in 1981 in Greensboro, NC with me. He ended up purchasing a lightly used one instead (with black interior).

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  18. Eli

    62-67 is the best way to go with the MGB. Push come to shove up to 73 with chrome bumpers is still worth while. Once the increased height comes into play along with the horrible bumpers and the anemic engine there is no car worth the investment. On top of everything else, reliability becomes horrific in the later years. Wishful thinking on this one, but there is always someone out there who might be willing to pay too much….

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  19. j liu

    As they say…”You pays your money and takes your choice”…but that front bumper is gawd awful. I’m sorry, despite this being a fine specimen, I couldn’t stand looking at that car in my garage as I’d forever be trying to figure out how to change that catfish look.
    I hope someone loves this thing and gives it a good home, sorta like an ugly dog that seems to get overlooked at the pound.

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  20. Rob

    There is no way that car has just 2500 miles on it.
    The condition of the underside belies any such claims.
    Dealer fluffery

    • Macfly Member

      You know what they say about opinions… but the individual parts labels intact (see the differential as an example) and all the minor details like screw thread caps and dated original tires with ink and nubs intact makes it clear this one is for real. Add to that the documentation and you have a complete picture. Oh and I’m not a dealer, just lucky to have found it.

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      • Little Cars

        Wait. I’m sorry. Was it mentioned somewhere that you are the seller, Macfly? Ad says to send inquiries to Heitman C? You have a very nice car, and personally I have no doubt that it is practically new. There are just a bunch of us MG owners that would have never kept this time capsule static for years, and instead drove it (a lot) like we stole it! Best of luck.

      • Macfly Member

        Little Cars,
        Yes, sir I am. It’s a great find and a good story. I might like another but my desire to modify the car does not fit such a time capsule. It would be wrong in my opinion. Someone who wants to preserve and show off this car should be the caretaker at this point in its life.

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  21. Eric H

    I think this car is really cool, you just don’t see many like this anymore! What do you guys think would be a reasonable price for this car?

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  22. Robert

    They built the LE black edition in order to boost sagging sales in the USA, not upon deciding to go out with a bang.
    The real limited editions sold in the home market were completely different and truly limited

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  23. ccrvtt

    I had a ’67 & a ’69. Those were the first sports cars I ever owned and they set the bar for every car since then. Everyone should have the opportunity to own an MGB at least once in their life.

    I don’t like the rubber bumper cars and I agree with the general sentiment that there are many alternatives to cars like the present example. That being said, any MGB is better than no MGB at all.

    Just not at this price.

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  24. Allen Member

    Robert – Right. The home market LEs were pewter for the GTs and bronze-gold for the tourers.

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    • Rob

      And all equipt with overdrive and different alloy rims.
      Restored examples go for 10-12 k in the UK
      Even the Brits weren’t and aren’t fans of the RBB MGB

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  25. Alexander

    Wow. Would love to see one of those home market LE GTs. They stopped importing the GT here in the States just a few months after the rubber bumpers were added. My first cherished toy car was a Corgi MGB-GT in red with jeweled headlights. Still cherished and a “survivor” from my youth. LOL

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