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September 20, 1962 – The MGB goes to press

Just three years after introducing the MGA, the folks at MG began work on its replacement. That fact alone makes it seem a bit miraculous that the MGB, which was first publicized on this day in 1962, would remain in production for 18 years following its release. 

Above: MGC GT – By M 93. Top: 1965 MGB to FiA Appendix K Specification with period race modifications By Drussellwilks-CC BY-SA 3.0

Aside from the limited V8 versions of the car, all MGBs received the BMC B-Series engine. With its 95 hp, the sports car could achieve a 0-60 mph time of just over 11 seconds and a top speed of 107 mph. With a lightweight unitary structure the little car had plenty of get up and go. 

1994 MG RV8 – By Vauxford – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Numerous versions of the MGB were released between 1963 and 1980 when production ended. These included the MGB GT three-door 2+2 coupé (1965–1980), a six-cylinder roadster and coupé MGC (1967–69), and the eight-cylinder 2+2 coupé, the MGB GT V8 (1973–76). A revival of sorts even came about during the early 1990s when MG released a limited run of 1,983 RV8 roadsters, which shared at least 5 percent of its parts with the last version of the MGB.

1957 MGA – the predecessor to the MGB

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