A RARE car which spent 18 years in storage is about to come to auction in Dorset.

One of the last limited edition MG B Roadsters, manufactured in 1980 and estimated to sell for £7,000-£8,000, is set to go under the hammer at the next Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions (DVCA) sale at Henstridge Airfield, between Shaftesbury and Sherborne, on March 19.

DVCA 's Brian Chant said: "The car is in good original condition and still shows less than 37,000 miles, which we believe genuine.

"With more than half a million MG Bs manufactured between 1962 and 1980 there’s no shortage of cars in existence.

"However, this one is rather special with its LE bronze paint and gold side stripes, believed low mileage, and with a registration plate that makes it one of the very few MG Bs that can wear a prefix number under the DVLA system introduced in 1983."