1979 MGB Roadster, 12k Miles from New! CA Owner 30 Years , CA “Blue Plate”, Rust and Accident Free, Survivor!!

This is an original Southern California MGB with 12,000 miles since new and the same owner, Pat Cabello, since it was 12 months old!  Completely rust and accident free, this is as fabulous of a survivor as you will find.  Even the  radials are the original from the factory!

The first owner bought this MGB in 1981 at Downey Motors, the local MG, Jaguar and Triumph dealership.  They had just taken this MGB on trade for a Jaguar from a woman who bought it new one year earlier.  It had accumulated about 8,785 miles.

Pat Cabello bought the car from Downey Motors on June 3, 1982 and kept it for 30 years!  He loved it at first site!  Complete with the motorcar is the sales invoice from Downey Motors!  He paid $6,295.

Mr. Cabello drove it down from Los Angeles to Tecate, Mexico then to Tijuana and back through San Diego.  That was the only trip he took.  On average he added about 50 miles each year!!  It has last been registered in 1992 and would clearly need new radials to make it safe to use on the road.

Everything works on the MGB except the clock.  All other items work well, even the top is the original top plus it comes complete with the tonnau cover and top boot.  The spare tire is perfect and all the tools are still in the factory covers.

We are very impressed with the condition of the paint, the plastic lenses for the turn indicators and the undercarriage.  Look closely at the photos for details of the condition.  Of course, we are happy to help coordinate a full independent inspection of this motorcar.

There are a few very small dents that all can be removed using a “paintless dent” process.  There are a few small scratches that add to the patina of the car.  The hood or bonnet of the MG had been re-sprayed in 1981, all other paint is original and in nice condition.  The interior is in very nice original condition and needs nothing.  The glass is all original and excellent.

It is extremely rare to find such low mileage MGB’s.  It is even rarer to find a Southern California since new, “Blue Plate” motorcar with full documentation.  This is a terrific opportunity for a real MGB enthusiast!  The MG comes with the original California title, registrations and the original sales contracts!

Feel free to contact Harry Clark at 951.901.5088 or email us at harry@classicpromenade.com.


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