Classic Cars – The MGB GT


Throughout its production life of eighteen, the MGB was a cute little roadster, with a low-pitched engine and comfortable interior more reminiscent of a WWII fighter.

When it first started in 1962, the MGB in two places looked very modern and continued to embody a more bourgeois view of the 1960s. “The car was, of course, built on honored MG and honors, and For most of its construction, adopted from its precursor, the now much sought after SMG.

Built in Morley Garages in Oxford Cowley, engineers took the SMG engine from the B series 1492 cc and re-bored the larger 1798 cc, and placing it in the same amount of engine space that MGA has increased the MGB’s output. Healthy 94 hp. This gave the sports car a lively performance, with a top speed of 103 mph. MGB could be 0 to 60 in 11.4 seconds. The engine had a lot of torque in higher gears and was renowned for handling the predictable car, which could throw around corners without losing control unlike many other sports cars of time, which MGB was popular with Young and old alike.

In the summer of 1965, when The Byrds was number one on the UK music charts, MG launched the highly desirable and stylish MGB GT fastback coupe.

The elegant lines of the MGB GT were designed by Carrozzeria Pininfarina whose Italian company also produced designs for Peugeot and Ferrari.

The GT included a tailgate, which technically could be called a 2 + 2 rear seat, which was so small dog was struggling to sit down, and was often equipped with a leather sunroof. The additional body weight meant that the GT low acceleration was not as good as the MGB, but its aerodynamic shape and naturally the lines were given a top speed of 106 miles / h.

MGB production continued under the auspices of BLMC nationalized British Leyland, or as it was known in 1968, but the MGB has received a poor investment, despite the fact that it is the largest automobile export Great Britain-the United States market by many years.

In 1973, after much demand from amateurs British Leyland made a sincere attempt to pack the MGB GT with a much more competitive hit and equipped the car with 137 horsepower Rover V8 3.5-liter engine!

Suddenly, the quaint lady of the British car could reach a top speed of 125 miles per hour and make 0-60 in an impressive 8.4 seconds. In many ways, the MGB GT V8 could boast of being the first “Hot Hatch” Britains!

The new alloy engine weighed about forty pounds less than the old B-piece and handling has been greatly improved. Unfortunately, car sales have been poor because their heavy fuel consumption does not bode well with the oil crisis and gasoline rationing that came about when BLMC started the car.

In 1975, all MGB received these stickers for the thick black polyurethane or the wings to be more precise. They were installed to meet US safety standards. All other changes in the MGB GT were also as a direct result of being so popular exporting to the United States and included the height of the body rises to meet us standardization headlights and a single carburetor and catalyst were added to all The United States models to meet strict emissions. This, unfortunately for those who force them to the United States, reduced to only 62 hp, with a top speed of 90 mph.

The MGB final came off the production line in 1980 and by that time the car had sold over half a million. Throughout this period, the market for parts used for the MGB and GT was as strong as now with a very high demand. Buying a MGB today is not beyond the pockets of many and like new, the classic MGB and MGB GT is still affordable and is especially popular with new sports car collectors.

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