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MG B

1962 - 1980
Country:
United Kingdom
Engine:
4 cyl.
Capacity:
1798 cc
Power:
95 bhp
Transmission:
4 spd. man & overdrive
Top Speed:
170 km/h
Number Built:
387,259/GT-125,621
Collectability:
3 star
With sales of more than 500,000 the MGB is arguably one of the most successful sports cars ever. It differed from the earlier model, the MGA by being using a lighter construction shell. Its torque was excellent, but its 95 bhp at 3,000 rpm was viewed as credible, but not outstanding.

It could manage 160 km/h and was safe and handled well. In 1965 this model was joined by the BGT which had occasional small rear seats and tail-gate rear doors.

It was more than 70kgs heavier than the roadster but boasted a five-bearing rear engine. Mk II models of 1967 used the all-syncromesh gearbox and optional auto transmission.

1969 produced some cosmetic restyling with black grilles and trendy wheels with some minor changes to the interior as well. In 1974 the car started using ugly black bumpers and increased ride height in order to keep the aging car legal in America.

Its performance suffered - it could barely manage 160 km/h, and it handled badly because it was higher. Despite this, it continued to sell, surviving until 1980.

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