MG MGB Classic Cars for Sale
The MGB was a two seat sports car, designed and marketed by the British Motor Company and its successors, British Motor Holdings and British Leyland Motor Company. Released in 1962, it was built to replace the MGA model.
The MGB was a soft top variant that was built between 1962 and 1980, and was the first MG to incorporate a monocoque structure as opposed to the body on frame designs that were used by the MG's predecessors. This made the MGB lighter and more importantly, stronger; incorporating crumple zones that protected the driver and passenger from a 30mph collision. This MG also sported a more comfortable driver’s area with wind up windows and excellent legroom. The MGB's B series 1798cc powerplant had been produced since 1947. Developing 95 hp and giving the MG a 0 - 60 time of 11 seconds, it was a competitive package for the era. With the majority of MGB's destined for the US market, the engine was de-tuned in 1964 and featured a 5 bearing crankshaft making a heavier and less powerful unit. This also ushered in the era of the rubber bumpers to meet the tougher US requirements.
The GT, fixed roof variant of the MG was introduced in 1965, Designed by Pininfarina, it had a sleeker, more aerodynamic profile, giving it a top speed of 105 mph, though acceleration suffered slightly due to it being heavier. The MGB GT was a 2+2, though rear passenger space was limited. Luggage space had been greatly improved making the MG more useable without damaging its appeal. Most components had been carried over from the MGB, including the 4 speed gearbox with electrical overdrive option though suspension and anti-roll bars were upgraded to handle the extra weight.
MGB GT V8
Introduced in 1973, The V8 MG variant utilised the 3528cc Rover unit that produced 137 hp and an impressive 193 ft/lb of torque. This powered the MG to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and produced a top speed of 125mph. This variant of the MG ceased production in 1976 and was never exported to the US.
The RV8 was the last version of the MGB and was produced in 1992. The owners, Rover, fitted a 3.9 litre V8 which powered the MG to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. However, the limited development on brakes and suspension did not inspire confidence in its handling.
In all, over half a million MGB variants were built and its legacy includes considerable race success including the 1965 class win at the Monte Carlo rally and the Guards 1000 mile race at Brands Hatch. It is a British Icon, still turning heads fifty years on.