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MGB (1962-1980) CAR HISTORY

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The MGB is still one of the most numerically successful sports cars ever built, with more than half a million made between 1962 and its demise in 1980. At the height of its popularity Abingdon was making more than 50,000 a year.
The main difference between the MGB and its forebear the A was in construction: gone was the rugged and heavy separate chassis, replaced by a lighter unit construction shell. The car appeared originally as an open roadster with a three-bearing version of the venerable B Series 1798 four-cylinder engine. Torque was its main strong point 110lb/ft (149.6Nm) at 3000rpm – but on twin SU carburetors its 95 bhp at 5400rpm was creditable, if unsensational. Suspension, steering and rear axle came straight from the BMC parts bin to keep costs down, so there were few technical highlights, but the B was a genuine 100 mph (160 kph) car with safe, if uninspired, handling.


It was joined in 1965 by the Pininfarina-inspired BGT with its tail- Tup speed 1061"pll (170 kph) gate rear doors and occasional rear seat strictly for children. It was 1601b (72.7kg) heavier than the roadster but had the five-bearing engine and quieter rear axle from the start. MkII models from 1967 had the improved rear axle across the board as well as an all synchromesh gearbox and the option of automatic transmission. Fashion dictated some minor styling tweeks in 1969 in the form of a recessed matt black grille and trendy Rostyle wheels. The interior suffered some minor styling tweeks around this time too, with more modern seats and steering wheel. For the American market this was when, in terms of power output, the rot began to set in, with lower compression ratios to satisfy local emission regulations.


There was much worse to come, however: in 1974, MG announced the black bumper cars with grotesque plastic bumpers and increased ride height to keep the aging model legal in North America, where most production still went. Performance was in decline - the GT wouldn't even manage 100 mph (160 kph) - and the handling was ruined by its new, taller stance, but the car continued to sell because it was one of few open cars available. The B survived until 1980 with few changes, and it seemed likely that it would be the last proper MG sports car when British Leyland announced its decision to abandon the Abingdon factory.


There were two rather more exciting versions of this evergreen sports car. The MGC of 1967 was a three-liter version of the B designed to take the place of the "Big" Healey 3000 models. Bigger 15-in (38-cm) wheels and a bonnet bulge differentiated the C from the B and, underneath, there was torsion-bar front suspension rather than wishbones. With a 145 bhp six-cylinder engine, the C was certainly fast, but nose-heavy weight distribution spoiled the handling. Just under 9000 roadsters and GTs were sold in less than two years.


Four years later, British Leyland answered calls for a more powerful version of the car with the GT V-eight. With its smooth, quiet and very torquey Rover 3.5 V-eight this was a much better prospect, but yet again success eluded this 125 mph (201 kph) machine. It didn't look different enough from the stock four-cylinder car, and the critics panned its lack of suspension refinement, the wind noise and its relatively high price. Few wanted the V-eight in its day – only 2,591 were sold between 1973 and 1976- but today it is a sought-after and entertaining classic, easily the best B of the lot.


MGB

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE TYPE

4-cylinder

CAPACITY

1798 cc

POWER

95 bhp

TRANSMISSION

4-speed with overdrive

TOP SPEED

106 mph (170 km/h)

NUMBER BUILT

387,259

125,621 GTs

 

 

 

 

 

 
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