2006 Shannons Melbourne Classic Auction
1969 MGB GT Coupe
|Engine||In-line four-cylinder, 1798cc|
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The MGB, perhaps Britain's best loved sports car, was launched in roadster form in September 1962 and was a significant step forward over the outgoing MGA. With monocoque construction providing great chassis strength, Abingdon's engineers developed an enlarged 1.8-litre version of the willing B-Series motor to cope with the small weight gain. With Lockheed disc brakes all round, the MGB was not only technically more advanced than the MGA, it was a lot more civilized too, with proper wind-up windows and door locks. The MGB proved a huge sales success, the recipe of attractive styling, lively performance and great value helped BMC dominate the affordable sports car market around the world. In October 1965 the roadster was joined by the MGB GT, a stylish fixed-head coupe with a hatchback giving access to a vastly increased boot area, the addition of occasional rear seats and a snug, weatherproof cabin. The MGB range was overhauled in 1967 to become the Mark II, with all-synchro gearboxes, pre-engaged starters, revised electrics and an alternator, making the car easier to live with. Today the MGB GT is an excellent classic car - cheap to run, reliable, with no shortage of parts or specialists and a strong network of local clubs make ownership a real pleasure.