In 1962 during the Earls Court Motor Show, it was the first time that the MGB car model was launched. During that time, and a decade later, this was the best selling sports car. In 18 years, before the end of production, this classic car had been produced over half a million.
It was not easy to replace the popular MGA, but after MGB arrived, it was easy to drive and live with. Later, MGB GT was launched, which was a genuine mini Grabs Tourer. Pininfarina, an Italian styling giant, was responsible for designing the roof of this model. The MGB GT came with large widescreen and side windows, small back seats, and improved headroom. It was a great model that was offering a touch of extra civility. Until today, this classic car is on high demand, and you can find a classical MGB model hassle-free.
How V8 Was Added To MGB
In 1972, Autocar tested ken Costello MGB V8 conversions. With the model, British Leyland didn’t feel pleased with its conversion, so it decided to build its version.
Later, this model MGB continued to be largely produced. However, it was neglected, and there was no forthcoming or development for the produced cars.
There came a time when there was a strong demand for powerful MGB. That was a demand that even MGC failed to meet. Some independent firms such as Ken Costello did make a tidy living after they started fitted the Rover V8 engines into MGB models.
After the 1968 merger, Rover and MG become the same company but took about five years to have V8-engined MGB on mass production. It is from there that they formed the MGB GT V8 model.
How MGB GT V8 Became a Sport Car
Rover had a Buick-based aluminum engine, which was a compact and lightweight unit. It was unlike the C-series of the standard MGC model. So, with the features of the V8 engine, MGB GT perfectly fitted for the sports car role.
The performance of the engine was excellent because it featured a maximum speed of 125mph and 0-65mph within 8.5 seconds.
However, there was mismanagement in the company, which made GT V8 not to hit the US market, which was a monstrous decision.
The End of MGB GT Production Car Models
Before the end of production on 22nd Oct 1980, MGB production hit more than half a million cars. This car model had been in production for 18 years before it came to an end.
When the production ended, that was not the end of its sense because it is still prevalent to classic car fans. Today, it is still making an excellent choice for classic sports. An added advantage is that these cars are cheap to run, have fantastic parts available, and excellent for clubs.
The MGB GT model is an excellent choice for classic car fans today. It has not become ubiquitous as the roadster, although, the model has a substantial success. I think of no better tribute to this model. Other old models might have had glory, but for this, when something gets bent, you only paint and metal, and you’re good to explore the world!