Well, you can buy the stripe kit from Moss (it should be silver, not
white -- look again), but I would imagine that all black 1980 models were
LEs, anyway (yes, Clausager confirms this). Other than trim, the only
distinctive features I know of were the front air dam and cast alloy
wheels (OK, steering wheel and dash plaque). So the good and bad points
would be the same as any late RBB. So, IMHO, while it isn't worth paying
extra for an LE unless you have your heart set on one, there is no reason
to avoid one either.
Since you use the term "American Limited Edition", should I assume you're
in Canada? If you're in the UK I would think the lefthand drive would
make it obvious (that it's American, I mean), and the home market cars
were Bronze or Pewter Metallic.
I really don't think there is much of an incentive to fake the LE part. I
think you're right about 6000 of 'em, let's see what Clausager has to
say... 6682 from March1979 to August 1980, car numbers 492071 to 523000.
Probably the best thing about 'em is the potential for relatively low
mileage, such as this example; although condition, not mileage, is the
key point with LBCs.
A good black car looks pretty sharp, to me, but I've always liked British
Racing Green, too, especially with wire wheels.
Tab Julius had this to say:
>Having lusted after MGB/Cs since I can remember, I've finally started an
>informal but active search for one (that is, my wife won't object anymore,
>so I'm keeping an eye out for one). My personal fondness is for a green
>MGB or MGC, most any variation in decent condition, but I found someone
>locally who has what looks like an American Limited Edition for sale - it's
>1980, black with the white logo and stripes (the ALE is the only one with
>that detailing, correct?), 78k miles on the odometer, and US$4900 on the
>sticker. Sitting in it brought back memories, although I don't much care
>for the black color myself (not inviting). I didn't get to test it or lift
>the bonnet, but it's been on my mind (I'm sure you all know the feeling).
>First question, is it an ALE? (I'll go back and check the numbering, but
>my schedule makes it difficult to do this for at least a week I think).
>Being black with white logo and multistriping it could qualify, and I don't
>think any other model had the multistriping and logo on the side. Second,
>any thoughts or history on the ALE? I think there was about 6000 of them
>made. Good reputation, or ? They were near the end of production, of
>Or, if anyone has a nice green one to sell.... :)
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.