Junkyard Find: 1979 MG MGB

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1979 mg mgb

MGB s continue to show up in self-service wrecking yards, with another rubber-bumper Malaise Era example today. In my junkyard expeditions prior to today, I’ve photographed this ’67, this ’71, this ’75, this ’77, this ’77, this ’79, and this ’79 with a Toyota 20R swap, and now we’ve got today’s Denver ’79.

This car appears to have an old Volvo key, attached to a 20-year-old Colorado State Patrol keychain, in the ignition. Knowing British Leyland quality as I do, it’s likely that any key (or key-like object) will work the ignition on a late-70s MGB, or perhaps Volvo key blanks are similar to BL blanks of this era.

The BMC B engine went into a jillion types of vehicles during its 1950s-1980s production run, from the Massey-Harris Combine Harvester to the Nash Metropolitan to the Leyland Sherpa. Neither powerful nor smooth, but fairly sturdy.

This car appears to have been under restoration at some point, but that was a long time ago.

The problem with convertible projects like this is that their interiors get trashed quickly during outdoor storage, especially in harsh climates like Colorado’s.

It’s not rusty, but the black-bumper MGBs are insufficiently prized to be worth restoring when they get this battered.

Here are the happy workers who crafted this classic sports car.

Meanwhile, in London…

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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Dec 01, 2015

    The wire basket wheels on this car probably Keystone or American Racing are way out of place on this. Back when they were popular you would always see them with missing baskets.

  • Spreadsheet monkey Spreadsheet monkey on Dec 01, 2015

    Attention Americans - that YouTube clip of the striking British Leyland workers is almost 40 years old. Please do not think that is representative of Britain today!

    • RideHeight RideHeight on Dec 01, 2015

      Not to worry. That's easily discerned from the atrocious video quality and we know nobody sports sideburns like that anymore. Well, unless they're extras in an Inspector Gently episode.

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