MG MGB 1972
- The most popular British roadster
- Efficient car, ready for use
- Ideal as a first classic car
Estimate: 50 000 – 65 000 PLN
Starting price: 35 000 PLN
engine: 1.8l, I4
power: 95 horsepower
other data: manual, four-speed gearbox, rear-wheel drive
legal status: paid, not registered
MG MGB continues MG’s line of relatively inexpensive, lightweight sports cars, started by the MG Midget in 1961. It went on sale in 1962 and was distinguished by a monocoque structure. At a time when all the competitors were still using body-on-frame structure, this was a huge innovation. It was also one of the first cars on the market to utilize crumple zones, which were designed to protect the driver during a head-on crash into a non-deformable barrier at speeds up to 48 kilometres an hour. Initially, the only version on sale was one with a removable roof. Three years later, the line-up was joined by a hatchback coupé version, called MGB GT. Later on, two more varieties were introduced: a six-cylinder MGC and an eight-cylinder MGB GT V8. First of the aforementioned varieties was a two-seater (for a brief moment, a small back seat was available as an optional extra, but was very rarely chosen by customers), while the second had just enough room to fit four people inside (2+2 layout). The MGC version was available in either coupé or roadster guise, whereas the GT V8 was sold exclusively with a fixed roof. At the bottom of the engine line-up in Britain there was a four-cylinder, 1.8-litre engine developing 95 BHP. The car was also sold on the American market, where its engine had to be tuned down to just 70 BHP at some point, as a result of making it compliant with US environmental laws. The US-version was also distinguished by different bumpers (also referred to as “five-mile bumpers”), which also had to be changed due to American safety regulations. MG MGB was manufactured till 1980. Overall, 524 000 examples were produced in different versions.
The car offered by Ardor Auctions left the British Leyland factory in Abingdon in 1972. It was originally destined for the American market and eventually found its way to Holland, from where it was shipped to Poland in 2017. It was originally fitted with chromed bumpers which improve the overall looks and add optical lightness, contrary to plastic bumpers that were fitted from 1974. The car was involved in a minor accident. Front left wing needed repair, but the quality of work is more than good enough, given the time it took to perform them. The car was fully repainted in the past. Its current paint shows a few signs of wear and tear and needs some work. Mechanically, the car is faultless, engine runs smoothly, suspension and brakes are also sound. The MGB is a perfect first-time classic car and will surely increase appetite for further adventure with classic motoring.