The MGB, the epitome of the classic British sports car, has attracted a huge following throughout the world because of its down-to-earth blend of clean looks, reasonable performance, good practicality and decent road manners. True to MG tradition, it captured the hearts of enthusiasts from the start, in 1962, with its good-natured, charming and forgiving character. It went on to become the all-time best-selling British sports car, its appeal broadening with the arrival of a fixed-head GT version in 1965, the six-cylinder MGC in 1967, and the MGB GT V8 in 1973. And today, with classic status assured, the MGB remains as popular as ever.
Original MGB is the essential companion to these cars. Its aim is to reveal, in words and colour pictures, how the MGB – and its big-engined sisters – altered in detail through the course of production. No stone has been left unturned during Anders Ditlev Clausager’s exhaustive research for this book. An amazing number of specification changes, major and minor, occurred during the 18-year life of these models, so a complex evolution lies behind the cars which are popularly distinguished simply as ‘chrome-bumper’ or ‘rubber-bumper’ versions.
The completely authentic specification which the most discerning enthusiasts now demand can be elusive because so many MGBs have been altered over the years, by owners unconcerned with originality or simply seeking to keep mobile on a shoestring. But help is at hand in Original MGB for all owners, restorers and enthusiasts who want an exhaustive guide to originality. Drawing from factory records, parts lists and catalogues, as well as the accumulated knowledge of respected restorers, dedicated enthusiasts and a meticulous author, this book provides the most comprehensive survey of the MGB ever published.
Accompanying the authoritative text are 265 specially commissioned colour photographs showing every permutation of MGB specification in remarkable detail. Careful selection of cars of the highest quality and originality – many of them have covered exceptionally low mileages – ensures that the photographs provide a valuable reference source.
The definitive guide to Britain’s favourite sports car, Original MGB is indispensable for all owners, restorers, buyers and enthusiasts.