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There are a surprising amount of low priced classic roadsters out there. Here is an eccentric collection of a few of them, and then you decide which project car hell would be yours.

‘78 MG Midget - $7,500

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Now for the first of three rubber bumpered MGs. This one appears to be the best in overall condition, and is being sold by a reputable dealer for a reasonable price. Ooh, brown over tan with perfect paint and interior. Seatbelts as well! The engine bay is at least well sorted enough that the inevitable time under the hood will be as painless as possible.

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‘77 MG MGB - $5,200

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This example is much cheaper than the previous MG, but appears to have been well taken care of and driven appropriately. A much less complete ad, however, leaves much to the imagination.

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‘79 MG MGB - $5,450

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That paint looks like it has overstayed its welcome. It is so thin I almost see primer in some places. A little more overall wear has this one trailing in my rankings.

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‘78 Triumph Spitfire 1500 - $6,000

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The ad does not mention any mechanical maladies, and claims is runs and drives great. What doesn’t look so great is that mess of wiring. The interior appears to be fresh however. Would it kill you to clean it for the ad?

‘74 Fiat 124 Spyder - $1800

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Now for the lone Italian, which happens to be located about 50 yards behind me as I’m writing this. I always wondered what was underneath those tarps. For the record, I recognized those yellow shutters and the derelict shed where they practice drumming some nights.

This rarity appears to be pretty solid base under the dirt. Seems like a complete restoration would be in order. $1800 seems about right for its rarity and condition.

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Conclusion

I would absolutely pay more up front for the brown Midget if I wanted a rubber bumper. Why there are so many of these I cannot fathom, though their lower desirability is easier on the wallet. What is your pick in this lot?

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