2007 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction
1969 MGB MkII Roadster
|Engine||In-line 4-cylinder, 1798cc|
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The evergreen MGB is, quite simply, the most popular sports car ever made in Britain and, as an affordable, practical and thoroughly enjoyable two-seater, still has tremendous appeal today. Launched at the London Motor Show in September 1962 to replace the MGA, the MGB had more room, a more powerful 95 bhp version of the venerable B-series engine and refinements like door handles and wind-up windows for the first time. However, it was the MGB's monocoque construction technique that was by far the biggest advance over the separate chassis of the MGA, giving the new model a more solid, lighter structure that gave a markedly improved ride and superior handling. In September 1964, MG announced the B-series motor would come with five main bearings and the following year offered a fixed-head GT variant and followed up with the Mark II in October 1967. To many enthusiasts, the Mark II open-topped MGB offers the best all-round package, combining all the charm and character of the original with a much-needed fully synchromesh gearbox and improved electrics, an alternator replacing the dynamo fitted to earlier cars. Further changes were necessitated by new safety legislation, including a collapsible steering column and padded dashboard. The Mark II retains the purity of the original design but is more enjoyable to drive and still makes a lot of sense as a classic sports car today.