The classical English roadster, introduced in 1962, with almost unchanged technique produced until 1980. However, a break is made in 1974. Since the vast majority of production goes to America, one has to accept the new regulations there. They are declared as measures to increase safety but are used probably mainly for the defense of imports.
For the huge U.S. cars bumpers are easy to realize, which endure 8 km/h without damages. But the British roadster loses with 13 cm more length a piece compactness and also originality. But to give up the American market, the division of MG can not afford. After all, the operation with this car is compared to other relatively well managed.
Inside it has remained narrow. One sits low and in close proximity to the passenger. After all you have a good legroom, so what you need is available. There is enough space in the luggage compartment at most for the holiday weekend because spare wheel and tools restrict the space. Warm (from the engine) it can be, if you do not really want and cold when you already freezes. Just a typical roadster ...
With the predecessor MGA was undergone a recognizable bold step. Courage to make a new design, there is more in crisis than in good times. In this case, the courage results from the threat of the factory inAbingdon, the one wants to take away the production of the MG shortly after the Second World War. For the design conditions at MG, the MGA thus already represents a small revolution.
No, it is not meant drive or undercarriage. These are still quite similar to the MGA, although the car is now no longer spring loaded quite as hard and the engine is again enlarged slightly. Fundamentally different is the body, at the will be tested for convertibles not simple changeover to transmission tunnel and sills as supporting elements. At a pressed-steel frame can be dispensed from now.
The shape of the body appears at first glance unchanged British, although at its creation godfather supposed to have been a prototype styled from Frua. On closer inspection, one discovers strange corners at the transition between the headlights and grille. Supposedly originating from the Renault Floride/Caravelle, but the protest is not pursued further by Renault later.
Just over a year before the presentation of the MGB, however, the times for car sales are not particularly favorable. Particularly the for Great Britain so important U.S. export weakens. The MGA has apparently already passed its zenith and one is forced to lay off people. Since the MGB seems to come in time, although, of course it lags far behind the production figures of the MGAs in the first year.
The exporting country U.S. is also 'guilty' of the rise in comfort. Now one must no longer bother with panes to insert. Modern windows to crank facilitate the remodeling if rain is announced, although the top is still not very easy to use. For open-top driving is space in the luggage compartment and behind the seats, although may reside there just smaller children. But after all, the front bulkhead is moved forward by 15 centimeters.
At the most original, the car is incidentally with glossy silver perforated steel rims. Spokes and white wall tyres are more of a concession to export. In its home market, the car will be very slowly visible because of the export and slow-starting production. After all, the price compared to the MGA has increased by only mere 4 percent. Typically British, the accuracy seems to be to demand exactly 949 pounds, 15 shillings and 9 pence. 04/13