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Time-warp MG up for auction 

A 1980 MGB GT with just 1,500 miles on the clock is to go under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions' biggest sale to date.

Presented in fantastic, original condition, the right-hand drive manual MGB GT was first registered on 17 September 1980, the very last year of production, and will be offered at auction at an estimate of £12,000 to £15,000.

The classic MG has had just one registered owner from new who has preserved the car to appear as it did the day he purchased it. Not only has the car barely been touched, it has hardly been driven since leaving the British Leyland dealership in September 1980.

The car has spent over 30 years in dry storage, remaining almost untouched other than to be treated with rustproofing to be serviced in April 1982. It was made ready for the road in December 2014, and shortly after enjoyed its first ever MoT with 1,348 miles showing.

Finished in its original Brooklands Green paintwork with the rare orange and brown 'Deckchair' trim, the chrome works, glass, headlining, dashboard and carpets are all retained in very good condition.

“This is a genuine, preserved, unrestored example of a much-loved and enjoyable, classic British sports car,” explains Nigel Gough, classic car specialist, CCA. “Rarely do we see a car of this age with such a low mileage, and the owner has clearly kept the car this way intentionally to create what we call a time-warp example of the model, which is highly collectible.”

Included in the sale is original documentation including the initial bill of sale, an invoice for ‘Protectol' rustproofing service costing £112.00 and the original service book with one entry on 26th April 1982 indicating a mileage at that point of 984.

Classic Car Auctions sale takes place at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show on 1-2 April at the NEC, Birmingham.