Survivor In Blue: 1971 MG MGB GT

I’ve said it before and I will say it again — five large doesn’t get you much in a classic chrome bumper coupe/fastback these days, so it gets my attention when something well preserved hits this magic low water mark.  Find this 1971 MG MGB GT offered fir $4,800 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.

The MGB GT was a fixed roof version of Morris Garage’s iconic MGB
roadster, introduced in 1965 and built through 1980 for various
markets.  When first released, the GT used the same BMC B-series
inline-4 cylinder engine, but added small back seats for miniature
passengers and Pininfarina designed greenhouse with a fastback lift-gate
and storage area.

Under the hood is a 1.8 liter OHV inline-4 rated at 91 horsepower
and 98 ft-lbs of torque.  The hardtop GT version was marginally heavier
than the convertible MGB (and slower), but stiffer torsional rigidity will make it
nicer in the turns…and the biggest bonus is not getting wet in heavy fog.

The interior on this MGB GT looks really nice for the asking price, but the seller admits that the driver’s seat need attention, as does the e-brake cable and speedo gear.  The paint is old (faded per the seller) but I wouldn’t touch it other than a good detail.

See a better deal on a set of chrome bumpers surrounding a car?