Classic Sports Cars; 1970 MGB Roadster
Originally introduced as a convertible,
a coupé (the hatchbacked "GT", almost a shooting brake) version,
with 2+2 seating, was introduced in 1965. The MGB featured a
four-cylinder petrol engine. A derivative model, called the "MGC"
featured a six-cylinder engine and a later variant, called the "MGB
GT V8" fitted with the ex-Buick Rover V8 engine was made from 1973
to 1976. Combined production volume of MGB, MGC and MGB GT V8 models
was 523,836 cars.
The MGB was a relatively modern design at the time of its introduction. It utilized a monocoque structure that reduced both weight and manufacturing costs as well as adding chassis strength. This was a considerable improvement in comparison to that of the traditional body-on-frame construction used on the earlier MGA and T-type models as well as the MGB's rival, the Triumph TR series. The design included wind-up windows and a comfortable driver's compartment, with plenty of legroom and a parcel shelf behind the seats.