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1973 MG MGB

1977 MG MGB

MG MGB

1972 MG MGB interior

Year (of specifications) 1962 - 1980
Engine 1798 cc four-cylinder
Transmission 4 speed manual w/overdrive RWD
Max speed 106 mph
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 95 bhp @ 5,400 rpm
weight (roadster) 921 kgs / 2030 lbs

The MG MGB was one of the most popular sports cars of all time. From 1962 to 1980 over half a million MGB's were produced. The biggest market for the diminutive roadster was the US where there were few competitors in the small roadster segment.

The MGB roadster was powered by a 95 horsepower, 1.8 litre, four cylinder engine. Later a 6-cylinder MGC version and a hardtop V8 GT version were made available, but these sold in considerably less numbers. Introduced in 1965 and sold alongside the roadster in considerable numbers was a hardtop version, the MGB GT. The MGB GT featured a tail-gate rear door and small rear seat.

The transmission to the rear wheels was taken care of by a 4 speed manual gearbox with overdrive. Post-1967 cars were fitted with synchromesh on first gear - a feature lacking on the earlier models.

The chassis of the MGB is a unitary-construction pressed steel monocoque. The suspension is handled by independent coil spring front suspension and beam rear axle suspension with leaf springs. This provided safe if not pin sharp handling characteristics.

In 1974 due to new impact regulations the MGB was fitted with the now infamous rubber bumpers and the ride height was increased by 1 inch (2.5 cm). US emissions regulations also caused the a drop in horsepower from the 1.8 litre engine. These changes resulted in a far less appealing car overall and to this day the pre-1974 cars are more sought after by collectors.

After 18 years of production with only relatively minor changes the MGB was starting to feel tired and dated, and in 1980 the MGB went out of production. Although a brief revival of the car was spawned in 1992 with the V8 powered MG RV8.

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External review by Russ B.
Just wanted to point out a few errors i noticed in your article concerning the MG B-Series. The production I4 engine produced 99 bhp at the rear wheels, and started with a 3-bearing engine, with a 5-bearing engine introduced in 1967. Also, the MG-C was not powered by a V6 engine. it was powered by the BMC C-Series Inline six cylinder, producing roughly 124bhp, along with a completely redesigned hood, engine compartment, and other parts of the drivetrain, as well as an improved braking system.


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