1981 MGB *NEW, not Restored* 183km Mileage, Expertly Preserved, Best MGB Extant
- Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Condition: Used
- Make: MG
- Model: MGB
- Year: 1981
- Mileage: 113
- VIN: 00000000000000000
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1981 MG MGB description
In late 1980 a MG enthusiast and Castrol Petroleum Engineer named Morris Calvert, upon learning of the closing of the MG Abingdon factory, ordered one of last MGB's from Cooke Motors on Centre S. N in Calgary AB. Morris was a founding member of Calgary's MG Car Club, and the club still has a memorial drive named after him.
The car arrived in the spring of 1981. He added a few accessories such as the alloy valve cover and front badge bar, drove the car a couple of times, and then 'pickled' it. He documented every one of the 183km that he drove, and in a well organized binder filled with everything from British Leyland letters, magazine articles, articles on long-term storage, oil analysis (!), MG Beer coasters and the original sales Brochure, he listed everything that he ever bought for the car and the dates in which he polished it...
Here are a few of the many notes by Mr. Calvert:
-Bill of Sale Dated May 23, 1981-Car picked up June 4th, 1981 with 18km on odometer-Oil and filter changed July 25th, 1981 @ 120km-Car polished August 15 &16th-Transmission oil changed Sept 5th @ 164km-Car polished Oct 12, 1981-Sept 4th 1985 Oil and filter changed, OMC fogging oil used (spray bomb) @183km
In a level of obsessiveness remarkable even for an engineer car enthusiast, great care went into de-commissioning the car. In the document binder there is an article titled "Mothballing made easy: Proper procedure for storing your car" by Gerd Reisnecker, who was an Automotive Technical Adviser from Centennial College in Toronto, which goes through an in-depth instruction on how to address the cooling system, engine, gearbox, clutch, axles, exhaust etc. for a car that is to go into long term storage. This is extremely detailed and goes as far as to recommend backing off the valves to seal the combustion chambers and misting the entire engine compartment with a corrosion preventive oil (which is what the note to OMC Fogging oil refers to). It appears that Morris followed all of the recommendations in the article.
The car was then covered, placed on Jack Stands, which were greased to prevent rodents from climbing them, and further covered with blankets. For 25 years.
Then the car passed to another collector, who trailered the car to a couple of car shows then stored it, this time for another 10 years. Then we bought it along with another car in his collection.
That is basically the history of the car. It is a brand new 1981 MGB. It has not sustained any 'shop soiling' or any damage and remains exactly as it was in 1981 on the showroom floor of Cooke Motors. Even the factory applied shipping protection on the door edges and key surround is still on the car.
We would be astonished if there was a better 1981 MGB out there. It has never even burned a full tank of fuel, and it still has some of the original factory wrapping. This car could be easily re-commissioned for duty, or it could remain the ultimate guide to MGB originality.
A letter from BL Europe and Overseas (the British Leyland Distributor), responds to Mr. Calvert on May 5, 1982 with information on his car; "The last MG 'B' Convertible was produced was No. 523002, so in other words a further 3,926 were produced after yours."
A large photo Flickr Album with over 100 photographs can be found here...
And, a YouTube Video series was created, with the links here (may have to cut and paste):
Originality Guide: https://youtu.be/4oIzYdwsGvk
Disclaimer: We have not tried to start the car, though the engine turns freely. We didn't even wash it. Condition is as found. Should the next owner want to drive the car we can re-commission the vehicle at the next owners expense. We believe that all that would be required would be to change out all the fluids and replace the seals in the braking system and replace the tires.
Taxes, Shipping etc.
Canadian residents must pay 5% GST. We will assist with shipping logistics. Cost to ship car to Seattle WA, including duty, and transport approximately $usd3k. Cost to ship the car to Europe approx. $usd5,000 not including VAT/ImportTax. Car is tucked away in our Basement Showroom at Porsche Centre Calgary.
We require a wire transfer in the full amount within 7 days of the auction close.
Contact information: Lawrence Romanosky, GSM Porsche Centre Calgary, LawrenceR@Porschecentrecalgary.com, 403-607-8625