MGB TECHNICAL FACTS
line 4 Cyl.
1798 cc - 3 main bearings (1962-1964) and 5 bearings
SU HS 4 carburettors - 95
||4 speed manual
no synchromesh on 1st gear overdrive optional
on 3rd and 4th gear
SU HS 4
twin SU HIF 4 (1971-1974)
speed manual gearbox - overdrive optional on 3rd and 4th gear
- automatic optional.
line 4 Cyl.
emission equipment with air pump and injectors..
SU HS 4 carburettors (1967-
twin SU HIF 4 carburettors (1971-1974)
gearbox - overdrive optional on 3rd and 4th gear - automatic
|MGB "Rubber Bumper"
line 4 Cyl.
SU HIF 4 carburettors
gearbox - overdrive standard on 4th automatic optional
|MGB "Rubber Bumper"
1798 cc emission
with air pump and injectors.
Catalyst from 1975.
Zenith Stromberg 175CD5T carburettor (1975-1980)
speed manual gearbox - overdrive standard on 4th automatic
COSTS A MGB ?
is rather difficult to give an exact price. The MGB quote varies from a
version to another, and mostly depends on car's condition.
There are 3 main MGB
(convertible or GT coupe).
pre 1970 Mark
1 and Mark 2 MGBs : with chromed bumpers
and aluminium grilles are
considered as the most desirables and powerful. The power unit in the
Mark 1 MGB did not suffer from the emission equipments that spoiled
performances on later US market cars. Obviously these are the most
wanted types with the highest prices. When looking for an early MGB or
MGB GT, take great care to inspect the bodywork for rust, or prefer a
car that undergone a complete body restoration.
These cars meet the needs of enthusiasts that do not
rough gearbox (no synchromesh on the first gear), the pack away hood
and positive earthed electrical. This is the original 1960's MGB.
The 1970 to
: still with chromed bumpers, but with less appreciated grilles
(particularly on the 1970 to 1972 cars). These cars are a good
alternative to those looking for a more comfortable chrome bumper MGB.
Better buy european cars, as north american export MGs are less
powerful and have modified body and interior trims (side
rubber covered overriders in 1974, dashboard without glovebox).
rubber bumpered MGBs
: to comply with new U.S. safety regulations, the MGBs built
from mid 1974 were fitted with new rubber bumpers. The north american
cars (most of the LHD cars) are under powered due to emission
equipments and heavier bumpers. A rubber bumper MGB cost
around 40% less than a MK1 MGB. These cars can satisfy those
are looking for a daily driver that can be parked anywhere, or as a
first classic car.
of the versions, the optionnal
equipments also impact the car quote. The most important are :
sunroof (webasto or britax) on MGB GT
You will find
MGBs for sale every month or every week in the specialized press. Many
cars are offered for sale on classic cars classifieds sites on
WHERE CAN I FIND A MGB
not rush to buy the first car you see (the ads may be
re-submited on a
regular basis when prices are too high). See and test
drive several vehicles, this will allow you to ensure that you
are made for this model.
To buy from classic car specialists may be
good way to reduce purchase risks.
HOW TO FIND MGB
SPARE PARTS ?
parts availability is the great advantage with British classic cars.
For the MGB, 99.9% of the spare parts are available, plus new
performance parts that were not available during the production period
(surpercharger, telescopic shock absorbers, large range of camshafts,
and much more).
The large number of cars still on road today helps
to maintain a dynamic market, where customers demand drive spare parts
production and competition between spare parts retailers keep
rates at reasonnable levels.
There are many
classic car parts retailers in North America and in
Europe. In most cases the spare part you will look for will be
Major classic car parts companies are Moss Europe, Moss Motors, Anglo
Limora, Motor Dream, etc.
of spare parts retailers sell from their web-shops. Spare parts
catalogs and price lists may be downloaded directly from the Internet.
Original parts catalog is also available on CD-Rom from
HOW TO GET
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE MGB ?
owners. As many
will be happy to share their experience with you, and give an
objective opinion on their cars. Go to autojumbles, classic car events
or contact the MG Car Club (the world's oldest car club) or the MG
advices as well as
your feelings. There are so many different MGB versions, you will
certainly find the one that meet your needs. Regardless of the cost and
condition, here are some questions you may ask yourself prior to select
a MGB version :
I need a daily driver ? ->
chrome or rubber bumper?
I need an early model or a more comfortable MGB ?
-> decide wether you want a Mk1 MGB, a chrome bumpered Mk2 or a
north american export type with aircond.
a modern car stereo important in a classic car ? -> decide if
you mind to have a positive earthed car (MK1)
will my MGB do frequent motorway trips or just backroads ->
check if you need an overdrive or not.
drive different MGBs
to make your own opinion. Some only love Mark 1 MGBs while others hate
their non synchronised rough gearboxes and prefer to drive a Mk2 or
rubber bumper car. Once you know what you really need in a MGB, you can
not be disapointed.
can be found on the car's history, you will find on this site selected
and recommended publications.