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Registry: 1980 MG MGB Limited Edition (LE)



Chuck Hassler's Gold Member 1980 MG MGB Limited Edition (LE)
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This originally Black US spec MGB LE now sports the British LE Bronze Metallic paint with orange and brown fabric seat covers. The last 1000 MGB cars (approximately) were produced as Limited Editions for the "home market only" and not for export. The production run was split between 421 roadsters and 579 MGB GT coupes. The roadsters all came in Bronze Metallic paint with gold side stripes while the GT coupes had Pewter Metallic paint with silver side stripes. Painted wire wheels were installed on 208 of the roadsters, and 213 roadsters were fitted with the same GKN alloy wheels that were fitted to all of the Pewter GT LE coupes and the 6,682 Black US market MGB LE roadsters. The interiors were largely the same as normal production cars except the roadster seat covers were orange and brown deck chair nylon fabric, and the GT seats were silver and black deck chair nylon fabric. The roadster steering wheel badge, nose badge, and alloy wheel hubcaps are red background with silver letters.

Except for pictures, I had not seen a British market Limited Edition Bronze Metallic car. There was some hesitation to on my part about converting my Black US market LE to a Bronze Metallic home market LE. MG club members in Virginia, who had seen Bronze LE roadsters in England, stated that the Bronze Metallic color was stunning and they encouraged me to proceed with the project. Any hesitation on my part was overcome when I located and purchased a new, still in the Rover packaging, set of orange and brown deck chair nylon seat covers. The conversion, interrupted by a move from Virginia to Colorado, took almost two years. My Virginia friends were right, the Bronze Metallic is a stunning color.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Chuck Hassler Gold Member   [2003JAG]
Location: Monument, CO, USA USA
Status: Running


VIN:GVVDJ2AG508549
Model Year:1980
Original Colour:Black
Current Colour:Bronze Metallic
Odometer:122,459 miles
Engine Type:1.8L 4 Cyl 5 Main B-Series
Engine Code:18V884AEL 007802
Transmission:Four Syn with overdrive
Last Updated:2013-02-24 21:40:45

 

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Member Comments on Registry: 1980 MG MGB Limited Edition (LE)   ↵
Rated 10 out of 10 based on 1 ratings
2017-07-26 09:43:13 # 43818
Comment by William Milholen
GREAT choice of color!

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2013-02-24 21:40:45

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Mar 15, 1997 Chuck Hassler  USAGold Member Added to Registry (ID 17947)

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