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Development of the MGB started at least as early as 1958 with the prototype known by its Abingdon codename; MG EX205. In structure the car was a progressive, modern design in 1962, using 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. Production began in 1962.

The MGB achieved a 060 mph time of just over 11 seconds. The three-bearing 1,798 cc B-Series engine produced 95 hp at 5,400 rpm upgraded in October 1964 to a five-bearing crankshaft. From 1975, US-market MGB engines were de-tuned to meet emission standards, ride height was increased by an inch, and distinctive rubber bumpers were fitted to meet bumper standards.

The last MGB roadster produced at Abingdon in 1980 returned to Abingdon County Hall Museum on 1 December 2011, with the help of British Motor Heritage. It was lifted up 30 feet through a first floor window of the Grade I listed building with inches to spare and now forms part of the collection on display in the main gallery.

Mark 1 & Mark 2
Vanguards VA10700; MGB Roadster; British Racing Green VA10701 MGB Roadster Willhire 24 Hour Race Vanguards LC1003; Lancashire Constabulary MGB Set; Police MGB x3, Black, White, Orange/White Vanguards VA10705; MGB Roadster; Pale Primrose Vanguards VA10706; MGB Roadster; Leeds City Police
Vanguards VA10700; MGB Mk1 Roadster; British Racing Green Vanguards VA10701; MGB Roadster; 1980 24h Willhire Snetterton; Thurgood, Trevelyan, Davis, Davis, RN23 Vanguards LC1003; Police MGB 3 Car Set; Lancashire Constabulary
VA10702 VA10703 VA10704
Vanguards VA10705; MGB Mk1 Roadster; Pale Primrose Vanguards VA10706; MGB Mk1 Roadster; Leeds City Police
Vanguards VA10707; MGB Roadster; 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, Winner GT Class Vanguards VA10708; MGB Roadster; Chrome (LCC) Vanguards VA10709; MGB Roadster; Bronze Yellow Vanguards VA10710; MGB MkI Roadster; 1966 Marathon de la Route 1st; Hedges & Vernaeve; RN47 Not Issued
Vanguards VA10707; MGB Roadster; 1964 Monte Carlo Rally 17th; Morley & Morley; RN83
GT Class Winner
Vanguards VA10708; MGB Roadster; Chrome (LCC) Vanguards VA10709; MGB MkII Roadster; Bronze Yellow Vanguards VA10710; MGB MkI Roadster; 1966 Marathon de la Route 1st; Hedges & Vernaeve; RN47 Vanguards VA10711; MGB Roadster
Vanguards VA10712; MGB MkII Roadster; Acconite Purple        
Vanguards VA10712; MGB MkII Roadster; Acconite Purple        

Mark 3
Vanguards VA13000; MGB MkIII Roadster; Soft Top, White Gold Not Issued Vanguards VA13002; MGB MkIII Roadster; Open Top, Citron Vanguards VA13003; MGB MkIII Roadster; Open Top, Vermillion Vanguards VA13004; MGB MkIII Roadster; Pageant Blue
Vanguards VA13000; MGB MkIII Roadster Soft Top, White Gold Vanguards VA13001; MGB MkIII Roadster Vanguards VA13002; MGB MkIII Roadster; Open Top, Citron Vanguards VA13003; MGB MkIII Roadster; Open Top, Vermillion Vanguards VA13004; MGB MkIII Roadster; Pageant Blue
Vanguards VA13005; MGB MkIII Roadster; Don Hayter's Car; Goodwood Green        
Vanguards VA13005; MGB MkIII Roadster; Don Hayter's Car; Goodwood Green        

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Last Edit: 02/01/2023   Page Added 26/12/2022