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engine swaps and other performance upgrades, plus "factory" and Costello V8s

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06/01/2016 07:58PM

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best way to sell a 1980 mgb v8
Posted by: weezerbob
Date: June 01, 2016 08:12PM

I am new to this forum and was hoping to get ideas for the sale of my 1980 MGB V8. I have a significant investment and would like to see if all or most can be returned at sale. It was a complete frame off with a D&D engine and transmission.

I would think that a buyer would be someone who does not want to invest the time and effort to complete a car and be able to hit the road right away.

Your comments are welcome.


Paul Menten

(242 posts)

10/08/2009 10:40AM

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How reliable is the finished car?
Posted by: pcmenten
Date: June 01, 2016 08:54PM

I would think that people would worry about a modified vehicle not being reliable. I'm certain that many finished swaps are as reliable as the original car, so I would emphasize that. Mention that the engine was built by a shop that specializes in those engines. And as far as talking up the performance, well, driving the car will answer those sorts of questions.

Also, the finish of the car will matter, both the interior and the exterior. Fixing tears in the interior would be more important than perfect chrome on the bumper.

Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4475 posts)

10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: best way to sell a 1980 mgb v8
Posted by: Moderator
Date: June 01, 2016 09:34PM

If your swap is completed, you should consider submitting a How It Was Done report along with lots of high quality photos. Cars that appear in our gallery gain an aura of legitimacy... plus buyers are comforted to know there's a community of enthusiasts with similar tastes and also a support network of specialist suppliers.

An article template and photography tips may be found here: []

Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3946 posts)

10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: best way to sell a 1980 mgb v8
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 01, 2016 10:32PM

And, please don't call it a frame-off whatever. Doesn't really mean anything with a unibody car.

Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(782 posts)

02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: best way to sell a 1980 mgb v8
Posted by: 88v8
Date: June 04, 2016 06:30PM

Drive it somewhere picturesque on a fine day and take a lot of high-quality pictures of exterior; interior, trunk, engine bay. Edit them down to a dozen. Write a detailed description of what's gone into it, and who did the work and when, and how many miles you've done since.
Ebay is as good a place as any. Try an auction, with a reserve, that will give you an idea what you might get for it.

The reality is that the market for modified cars is small. One rarely recovers one's investment. The return is the fun you hopefully had owning and driving it.


brad boersma

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12/23/2008 03:09PM

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Re: best way to sell a 1980 mgb v8
Posted by: bboersma
Date: July 13, 2016 12:18PM

I am interested PM me details, I would post it on this site for sale!

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