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MG MGB

1971 MGB Roadster Sports Car

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1971 MGB Roadster

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.

 

1970 MGB

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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.

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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 lighter weight.

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 standards.

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.

MGB
Manufacturer MG Cars
Parent company British Motor Corporation
British Motor Holdings
British Leyland
Production 1962-1980
Assembly Abingdon, England
Predecessor MGA
Successor MG RV8
Class Sports car

MGB roadster

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 inches.

Mk II

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 dynamo.

The floor plan was changed to fit the new gearboxes with a new flat-topped transmission tunnel.

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 Road Tests)

"The 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

"You 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"

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Mk III

Changes in 1972 brought about the Mk III. Main changes were a new facia and improved heater.

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 headlight regulations.

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.

MGB GT

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 weight distribution.

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.

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MGC

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.

RV8

MG MGB RV8 Sports Car

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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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Racing performance

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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.

References

  • John Heilig (1996). MG Sports Cars. Motorbooks. ISBN 0-7603-0112-3.
  • Ray Bonds (2003). The 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 1-870979-48-6.
  • MGB Home Page. MG Enthusiasts. Retrieved on March 21, 2005.
  • MGC Home Page. MG Enthusiasts. Retrieved on March 21, 2005.

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Michael's restored MGB  Tourer - Front View

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, California.
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MG MGB Roadster Sports Car

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 seventies too
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

Great page

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 ?

 

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