MGB FACTS


When introduced on the 20th September 1962, the car bore the name MG MGB 1800, which soon became just MGB.

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Launched for mass production in May 1962 the MGB was factory produced until 22nd October 1980.

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BMC competition MGBs competed in the US and Europe, including the Le Mans 24 hour, resulting GT class wins.

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Did you know that from 1963 till 1972 approximately 9324 MGBs were produced in Australia at the Zetland factory in Sydney.

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1977 saw the highest annual production of the MGB Roadster with 29,955 models produced.

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The MGB was to get a 1622cc engine from the MGA but tests showed it to be slower. A 1798 version developed for the Austin-Morris 1800 was chosen instead.

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A 1962 Iris Blue Roadster is the oldest known surviving RHD MGB.

 

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In 1975 the first MGB fitted with a catalyst went on sale in California.

 

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The combined production volume of MGB, MGC and MGB GT and V8 models was

523,836.

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In 1968 BMC and Leyland merged, bringing major changes to the model, but it also made the Rover 3.5 litre V8 available to the MGB.

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The Highest ever production of the MGB was 39393 in 1972.

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On the 10th September 1979 (Black Monday) it was announced that the MGB would go out of production and the Abingdon factory closed

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In 1981 the final 1,000 production cars were sold as "LE" Special edition models, featuring special paint work and extra equipment.

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