I remember sitting in a Limited Edition MGB at a dealership in Boulder Co.
I was waiting for the warranty replacement of my Austin Marina fuel tank.
The sticker on the window was almost $10,000. I could not comprehend how
they could ask that much for a strangled, jacked up ghost of the earlier
It kind of felt good to drive off in my 74 Austin Marina, that I bought for
$2500 with 10,000 miles on it. The Marina got me through college and into
many a TSD rally. Very good value for money for a kid who lusted after
British cars, but needed a winterized, load carrying vehicle. My Fender
Rhodes piano could be maneuvered into the back seat with a bit of grunting.
> I went through my MG file and found my original invoice from
> Clarke Sales Co,
> a BLM dealer (and Toyota) in Havelock, NC dated SEpt 17, 71.:
> new 1971 MG B GT Coupe $3773.00 delivered price plus 2% sales tax
> serial #, commission #, motor #, and key # are also shown and
> all match the
> car I drive to this day.
> Based on inflation the $3773 is probably around $18 grand
> today. But what
> compicates the math is the exchange rate variable from pounds
> to bucks.
> Mel Frank
> 1971 mgb gt