AJ’s Car of the Day: 1965 MGB Roadster

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1965 MGB Roadster

Car: MGB Roadster

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The MGB was produced by the British Motor Corporation, then the Austin-Morris division of British Leyland. Variants included the MGB GT Three-Door 2+2 Coupe, the six-cylinder Roadster and Coupe’ MGC, and the eight-cylinder 2+j coupe’, the MGB GT V8. It replaced the MGA model in 1963, and was continued until the 1980 model year.

What made it famous: The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones that were designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph impact. The MGB grabbed a 0-60mph time of just over 11 seconds, and had a 95hp three-bearing, 1,798 CC B-Series at first, before recieveing an upgrade to a five-bearing crankshaft in 1964. The majority of MGB’s were an export to the U.S.

Why I would want one: To me, the MGB is the epitome of British Sports Cars. My late cousin was a restorer of them, and whenever I see one, I think of him.

Fun fact: After a twelve year hiatus, the MGB re-entered production as the heavily modified MG RV8 with a 2,000 car limited-run before being replaced by the MG F in 1995.

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