Launched at the 1962 Earls Court Motor Show, replacing the MGA, the MGB went on to become the world's best-selling sports car (A record it held for nearly 20 years), with over half a million produced over its 18 years of production. Originally manufactured from 1962 until 1980 by the British Motor Corporation.
Development of the MGB started in1958 utilizing a unitary structure, instead of the traditional body-on-frame construction used on both the MGA and MG T-types and the MGB's rival, the Triumph TR series. However, components such as brakes and suspension were developments of the earlier 1955 MGA, with the B-Series engine having its origins in 1947. The lightweight design reduced manufacturing costs while adding to overall vehicle strength. Wind-up windows were standard, and a comfortable driver's compartment offered plenty of legroom.
All MGBs (except the V8 version) used the BMC B-Series engine. This engine was essentially an enlarged version of that used in the MGA with of 1,798 cc, rated at 95 bhp. All MGBs from 1963 to 1974 used twin SU carburettors. The four-speed gearbox was an improved version of the one used in the MGA.
In late 1967, sufficient changes were introduced for the factory to define a Mark II model for the 1968 model year. Changes included synchromesh on all four gears with revised ratios. To accommodate the new gearboxes there were significant changes to the sheet metal in the floorplan, and a new flat-topped transmission tunnel.
Our 1968 MGB Roadster, finished in Flame Red, left the Abingdon factory, England and headed to the dry desert state of Arizona, USA. Original options at the time were wire wheels, heater, foldaway hood, and overdrive, which still remain.
The bodywork was heritage restored in 1992 when it was converted to right hand drive prior to coming to Hong Kong. The MGB was shipped back to the UK in 1999, where its interior and bodywork were again upgraded in 2015.
Driving this car is a delightful and memorable experience. The throaty exhaust, the 1798cc “Goldseal” engine is expertly tuned, quiet and eager and the gearbox is smooth with a fully functional overdrive, providing 5 gears for city driving and touring. The car has just completed a loving and patient overhaul in 2020/1 by a marque specialist and multiple concours winner.
The lock on the passenger side is not working as intended. Drivers are recommended to unlock the car via the driver’s side.
The boot space is prone to water leakage. It is not advised to store items that are susceptible to water damage during transport.
The right side of the car is slightly dented with no visible paint damages
In colder weather conditions, a hot start may be needed.
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