Late last week, while the Jalopnik Brain Trust (me, David, Raph, Rory and a well-sanded pine board) was discussing why MGB prices never seemed to be so high, I decided to hop on Craigslist to see exactly what the MGBs were actually aiming for. I only found one ad, and I have to say that I was deeply and mightily impressed with the shitty images in the ad. Now you can see them too!
The ad has since been removed — maybe the car was sold, maybe it left because of shame, maybe Craig himself got up from his golden cage and hit the ad. We may never know.
What we do know are photos of this 1978 MGB that looked like this:
It’s a remarkably useless image, because most of them only show the one thing you do know about the car: it is for sale.
And then there’s this almost useful shot of the engine, where you can at least see that the thing isn’t exactly rich with belts, but the SU carb still seems to be there.
I guess this shot is good to confirm the very suspect mileage? I guess?
There’s not a single overall picture of the car. All the photos are turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise, they’re all showing shots that are simultaneously too close up to be useful and yet, somehow, not close up enough.
They’re really incredible in how useless they are. It’s quite an achievement, and I felt this Craigslist MGB-vendor deserved some notice for their remarkable commitment to crappy photography.
Of course, there’s still the question of MGB prices and sales, which I now see range from a low of about $11,000 up to $30,000, which is much more than I’ve seen for sale around.
But, then again, I think I’ve really only seen basket cases, not well restored like this it’s at the bottom of the range but looks fantastic.
Why don’t I see more MGB’s around? They seem like really lovely collector cars, and while, yes, they suffer from all the usual British car reliability issues, they’ve at least been imported in decent numbers to America, and I don’t think the fact of ‘keeping one would prove this costly or difficult.
They look like fun little roadsters with power levels low enough that no one expects you to drive it so well or aggressively, so it’s ideal for someone who wants zero pressure or pretentiousness. fun.
See! here is a a chrome bumper for only $6,600! Do we forget that there is Any MGBs there? If so, consider this a reminder!
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