The MGB was
Britain's best-selling sports car. Produced
by the British Motor Corporation and sold
under the MG marque. In both convertible and
coupe ("GT") forms, it was launched in May
of 1962 to replace the MGA, and produced
until October 1980. An updated MGBs, the
RV8, was produced in the 1990s.
"We just purchased a 1969 MG Midget. It is awesome to drive and we love it sooo much!!! - Joe and Cindy....."
The MGB was a relatively modern design at
the time of its introduction. It used a unibody structure that reduced both weight
and manufacturing costs with added chassis
strength. This was a great improvement in
comparison to that of the traditional
body-on-frame construction used on the MGA,
T-type models and MGB's rival, the Triumph
TR series. The design had wind-up windows
and a comfortable driver's compartment.
The MGB out-performed many of its more
expensive rivals in both performance and
handling. Brisk for the period, with a 0 to
60 mph (100 km/h) time of just over 11
seconds, mainly because of the relatively
The 3-bearing 1798 cc B-Series engine
produced a 95 hp (71 kW) at 5400 rpm. The
engine was upgraded in October 1964 to a
five-bearing crankshaft to improve
reliability. MGBs exported to the US, the
majority of those produced, were less
powerful because of increasing emissions
The MGB was one of the first cars to have
crumple zones designed to protect the driver
and passenger in a 30 mph (48 km/h) impact
with an immovable barrier (200 ton).
Even today, running on tyres of the same
generation, a 1962 MGB will corner better
than a 2005 Ford Mustang.
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The roadster was the first MGB. The body
was a two-seater with no rear seat making
better use of space offering more passenger
and luggage area than the earlier MGA.
Suspension was softer, giving a smoother
ride with a bigger engine and more top
speed. Wheel diameter changed from 15 to 14
In late 1967 a new model was introduced,
the Mk II. Changes included synchromesh on
all 4 gears, an optional Borg-Warner
automatic gearbox (except in the US), a new
rear axle and an alternator instead of an
The floor plan was changed to fit the new
gearboxes with a new flat-topped
US models got three windshield wipers
instead of two and a new "safety" dashboard,
nicknamed the "Abingdon pillow". Other
markets stayed with the steel dashboard.
Rubery Owen Rostyle wheels were
introduced to replace the previous steel
versions in 1969 and reclining seats became
standard in 1970.
1969 also saw a new front recessed black
aluminium grille returning to its older
style in 1972. 1970 saw split rear bumpers
with the number-plate in between, in 1971
this became the one-piece style again.
MG MGB Roadsters, 1962-80 (Brooklands
MGB was launched at the 1962 Motor Show having a new monocoque construction &
the B-series engine bored out to 1798cc. This is a book of contemporary road
tests, new model intros, long-term tests, buying second hand & history"
MGB Owner's Workshop
Manual - Haynes
should know which end of a screwdriver is up, as the book is long on the "what
to do" but short, at times, on exactly how to go about doing it. The exploded
parts diagrams alone are worth the price of the book"
Changes in 1972 brought about the Mk III.
Main changes were a new facia and improved
In 1974, due to US impact regulations,
the chrome bumper over riders were replaced
with large rubber ones. In 1975, a new front
rubber bumper mounted to hydraulic cylinders
incorporated the grille area as well. This
gave a major restyling to the B's nose and
the rear bumper became rubber as well.
Suspension was raised 1" to meet new US
Heavier bumpers with increased height had
a bad effect on handling which was only
partly help by further changes to the
suspension in 1977. US emissions regulations
reduced horsepower, and by the time of the
B's demise in 1980, performance was poor.
The fixed-roof MGB GT was introduced in
1965 sporting a Pininfarina-designed
hatchback body in a 2+2 design.
The new rear bench seat were limited for
most adults and older children. The engine
and gearbox had not changed from the
roadster as with many other components.
Acceleration of the GT was slightly reduced
due to increased weight. Handling was
considered improved because of changed
MGB GT V8
MG began offering the MGB GT V8 in 1973
utilizing the GM-developed aluminium 3528 cc
Rover V8 engine.
After several changes and refinements to
the engine the car was able to reach 125 mph
top speed. The car was expensive when
compared with its rivals and production was
small. Only GT versions were produced by the
factory with production ending in 1976. The
MGB GT V8 was not officially exported to the
United States making the cars even more rare
in the North America.
The MGC was a 2912 cc, straight-6 version of the MGB sold in the late
1960s and given the code ADO52. It was also intended as a replacement for the
Austin-Healey 3000 which would have been ADO51 but this never got beyond the
design proposal stage. The first engine to be considered was an
Australian-designed six cylinder version of the BMC B-Series but the production
versions used a development of the Morris Engines designed C-Series that was
also to be used for the new Austin 3-Litre 4-Door saloon. In the twin SU
carburettor form used in the MGC the engine produced 145 bhp at 5250 rpm. The
body shell needed considerable revision around the engine bay and to the floor
pan, but externally the only differences were a distinctive bonnet bulge to
accommodate the relocated radiator and a teardrop for carburettor clearance. It
had different brakes from the MGB, 15 inch wheels, a lower geared rack and
pinion and special torsion bar suspension with telescopic dampers. Like the MGB,
it was available as a coupé (GT) and roadster. A three-speed automatic gearbox
was available as an option. The car was capable of 120 mph (193 km/h).
The heavy engine (209 pounds heavier than the 1798 cc MGB engine) changed the
vehicle's handling, and it got a mixed press response. The MGC was cancelled in
1969 after less than two years of production.
Interest in small roadsters increased in the 1990s following the introduction
of the Mazda MX-5, and MG (now owned by Rover Group) capitalized on this in 1992
by producing new body panels to create an updated version of the old car. The
suspension was only slightly updated, sharing the old leaf sprung rear of the
MGB. The bonnet, boot lid, and doors were shared with the original car, as were
the rear drum brakes. However, the engine was the respected aluminium Rover V8,
previously used in the MGB GT V8. A limited-slip differential was also fitted.
Performance was good, with 190 bhp (142 kW) at 4,750 rpm and 0 to 60 mph (100
km/h) in 5.9 s. Largely due to the rear drum brakes and rear leaf springs
(perceived to be too old fashioned for a modern performance car), the RV8 was
not popular with road testers at the time. However, this did not prevent the RV8
from being a moderate sales success, and it paved the way for the introduction
of the modern MGF a few years later.
It also capitalized on an interest in British products in Japan. A sizable
chunk of MG RV8 production went to that country.
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Overall or class wins
The MGB was highly successful in international road competition events such
as the Monte Carlo Rally. In 1964 it won the GT category, Sebring, the Spa 1000
kilometres and the 1963, 1964 and 1965 Le Mans 24 hour beating more powerful
cars in the process.
John Heilig (1996).
Sports Cars. Motorbooks. ISBN 0-7603-0112-3.
Ray Bonds (2003).
Illustrated Directory of Sports Cars. Motorbooks. ISBN 0-7603-1420-9.
Anders Ditlev Clausager
(1994). Original MGB With MGC and MGB GT V8. Bay View Books Ltd. ISBN
- MGB Home Page. MG Enthusiasts. Retrieved on March 21, 2005.
- MGC Home Page. MG Enthusiasts. Retrieved on March 21, 2005.
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I would like to tell you about my
LBC that I have done a resto/mod on. Its a '71 MGB Tourer that
I find is the most fun car I have ever owned. After 21/2 years
the car is finished and is a show winner. Mostly true to the
original, I have made some modification to my liking. A modern
Mazda color, '73 grille, Superlite wheels, halogen headlamps, 96
amp alternator, OD transmission, alloy cylinder head with roller
rockers and a hot camshaft. The car is a head turner wherever I
go and the sound through the Peco exhaust system is fabulous. I
hope you enjoy the pictures.- Thank You, Michael B, Winchester,
Picture of Roy's MGB Roadster
Hello there ! - The best classic car is the MGB Roadster, forget the others,
this is class. I own one ! Resilient, pretty, good turn of speed and great for
gracefully overtaking all the Chelsea Tractors. Had a new number plate fitted
recently just to add a bit more style. ROY.
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|the MGB is simply a
good classic car. it lets you get into the classic car scene
without nightmare bills or issues. I love its design and its
British heritage. it also keep you sensible on the road
without needless amount of power to throw you into trouble.
I probably look for other classics but i will always know
the MGB is just great all round.
|wow the cars here in this page are absolutely wonderful i love the updated
versions of the mgs from the nineties as well as the ones from the sixties and
|We just purchased a 1969 MG Midget. It is awesome to drive and we love it sooo
much!!! - Joe and Cindy
|great cars great page great price what more can i say =]
|I have recently acquired a mgb 1964. Is it possible to change from spoked wheels
to ordinary ?
|This is one of the best classic sports cars around and at a price
most people can afford
Can you give me an estimate of the price of a classic MGB
sportscar in pristine condition with all the extras.
The going price for an immaculate low mileage classic MGB in
the UK appears to be around £8K, please contradict us if we have got this wrong.
Cheaper than most new cars ?