1981 MGB Roadster LE

*1 OF 420 ever built*

*No expense spared restoration*

*2.0 High Torque Ivor Searle engine producing 115 bhp*

*Very Rare, highly collectable car with Heritage Certificate*

Nutts Performance Classics are thrilled to offer for sale one of the very last MGB’s off the production line in Abingdon and most likely one of the nicest rubber bumper restorations we have seen.

Introduced in 1979 to celebrate 50 years of MG production at Abingdon, the Limited Edition (LE) models were the last to be built there before the factory’s closure in October 1980. Finished in Bronze Metallic and sporting a chin spoiler, Triumph Stag-type alloy wheels and a unique LE livery. A total of 420 cars was completed. This particular car rolled off the production line on the 23rd of October and was dispatched to Lex Motor Company Limited, Dartford, Kent.

In 2005/06 the car was subject to a complete overhaul with a continuation of further improvements since. The car has only covered 5000 miles since its return to the road in 2006. It would seem that every conceivable part has been overhauled or renewed between then and now. The engine was sent to Ivor Searle for a 2.0 High Torque upgrade (Full spec sheet available upon request). We have personally rolling road tuned and tested this engine and can confirm a very healthy output of 115 bhp (120 lb ft of torque), an increase of around 25% in power but still maintaining every once of driveability. The brakes, suspension and engine cooling have been upgraded to cope with these increase without spoiling the originality of the car.

This car has been rebuilt and maintained with such attention to detail it really needs to be seen in the flesh to be believed. I started to add up the cost of the rebuild not including the 100’s of man hours, thought and attention with the costs quickly exceeding the now advertised price. The last professional insurance valuation was in 2009 at £12,000. 10 years down the line I would expect the same valuation to be at least £15k.

Altogether this car is absolutely ready to go and will appeal to the classic car enthusiast and or collector that does not have the will, time or health to tinker, just jump in and enjoy!. I would gladly take it anywhere, and with the on going maintenance and care it deserves is sure to be a sound investment for the future.

Included in the sale is a full tonneau cover, hood cover, indoor and out door car covers, wing cover, seat covers, MG tool roll, touch up paint, spare bulbs and fuses etc. The car is sat on 4x good Dunlop tyres including a new Dunlop spare and will be sold with a brand new mot prior to collection for the lucky new owner.


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