lotusseven7 Reader
7/12/17 9:13 a.m.

1979 MGB powered by a Rover 3.5 liter all-aluminum V-8.

  • I'm selling off a few of the toys that I don't get to use very much and this is the first one to get advertised. It's a nice car that's enjoy driving the way it is, but if it doesn't sell, there are a few items that I would address over the winter to take it to the next level. I would rebuild the front end, install a dash cap, install a radio and speakers that work, remove/clean/shampoo the interior carpets, install better door panel cards and refinish the bumpers. With that said, I enjoy driving it the way it is and smile the whole time. The nice thing about MGB's is that they are easy to do the work to while continuing to use them.

  • from what paperwork I have, the conversion was done in at least 2006. The gentleman that I bough the car from purchased it in 2011. A copy of the title shows that the person he purchased it from titled it in his name in 2006.

  • the engine is the ROVER 3.5 liter all aluminum British "lump" that was known here in the states as the BOP(Buick/Olds/Pontiac) 215. The same unit used in the Triumph TR-8 and MGB GT V-8. It breathes thru an Edelbrock 500cfm carb and exhaust thru a new "true dual" exhaust. From tubular fenderwell conversion headers to 2" collectors, then FlowMaster Series 40 mufflers and finally out dual stainless tips. Looks nice and has a very nice exhaust note. Not what you would expect from this car, but turns many heads when driving by!
  • the transmission is the stock MGB 4-speed and mounts to the motor with a conversion plate.
  • the rear is a Ford 8" unit sourced from a Mustang II and has a 3.00:1 ratio. Feels just right with this gearing, not a rocket but a very nice compromise between city and highway cruising. There was also a rear tube shock conversion done at some point.
  • wheels are what people like to call "Minilite replicas", but these are actually made by Minator. They are 14x5.5 or 14x6 and shod with 165R14 tires.
  • nice body that has had the outer rockers and dog-legs replaced at some point(not the greatest job). No rust in the trunk, floors, rails, jack points, etc... Of all the MGB's that I've owned over the years, this is by far the nicest uni-body that I've had.
  • decent paint but was repainted above the chrome trim and it is a shade "off" of the lower portion of the car. I notice it, but I'm very critical and writing this description so that there is full disclosure of the cars current condition. If you go far enough and read the MG Experience thread, you will see why I want full disclosure.
  • radiator was just "hot tanked" and had a small hole repaired. Car is equipped with a water pump mounted flex fan and also has an toggle switch activated electric fan. Runs fine with no over heating.
  • I've also added a 14" Mountney steering wheel, a Longacre billet shift knob, boot cover, new headlight switch, K&N air filter and probably a few more little things that I can't recall at the moment.

Link to the MG Forum with a thread from when I first purchased the car: MG Experience

Link to the BAT auction where that car was purchased: BAT MGB V-8

Here is a link to photos: Photo link

The car is located in northeast PA(Exeter zip 18643).

$10,800 OBO. Possible trades, but any cash proceeds will go toward mounting and on-going medical expenses.

Thanks for looking and feel free to e-mail me directly(w650gb500@gmail.com) with any and all question or additional photo requests. If you would like to discuss the car rather than typing, forward me a phone number and a good time to call.

Dan Lipperini Jr

68TR250 Reader
7/12/17 12:34 p.m.

The 3.5 Rover V8 was not original to the Stag. No one would want it if that is indeed what is in your MG. The Rover V8 is a popular transplant for the Stag V8 which is basically two TR7 motors.

lotusseven7 Reader
7/12/17 12:55 p.m.

Gotcha, good to know. Original post edited and info burned into my brain moving forward. I must have seen a bunch of converted cars over the years.

Thank for the correction.

lotusseven7 Reader
8/3/17 4:13 p.m.

Nobody looking for a fun weekend top-down toy? Would consider an NB/NC "Answer" as a partial trade plus cash.

GTXVette Dork
8/3/17 5:29 p.m.

A man here in alpharetta Ga. has an MGB with the 215 Buick and I think it has the rover heads and he regularly drives it to Colorado and the west coast and I mean Major Miles get racked up it's a good engine swap.

lotusseven7 Reader
12/29/17 10:00 p.m.

Lowered the price to my bottom line, $9800. I also have a complete new carpet kit that will be included in the sale. Nobody looking for a fun summer toy?

grover Reader
1/2/18 11:30 a.m.
GTXVette said:

A man here in alpharetta Ga. has an MGB with the 215 Buick and I think it has the rover heads and he regularly drives it to Colorado and the west coast and I mean Major Miles get racked up it's a good engine swap.

isn't the buick 215 the base for all rover motors? 

lotusseven7 Reader
1/2/18 6:43 p.m.

Yes to some degree.


A good bit of reading for those interested in the history of this motor.


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