MGB GT: A Template For The Modern British Sports Car

Everybody must have wished at one point of their lives to own a vintage automobile. A vintage car can be the envy of car enthusiasts wherever you are. However, classics can be pretty expensive. The MGB GT is indeed a beautiful beast. It is a sports car that possesses the sophistication of a grand tourer. It is a stunning union of an Italian aesthetics and British sports car. The MGB GT is a little hatchback that has toy proportions and low-slung body. It actually fits a ten year old.

The MGB became the epitome of the contemporary British sports car. This stunning model was launched in 1962 and nobody knew that it would be the last of its kind to be built. It was the best-selling MG model that was created. There were many variants of MGB that spawned after. On October 1965 the GT version was announced.

They say that once you are behind the MGB GT’s wheel, you will feel that the British are really an expert in their crafts. The steering is precise and light and the engine reminds me of the growling of an English bulldog. It’s a blast to drive. However, the car can be pretty harrowing when it’s time to bring it to a halt. The earlier GT models were lacking with power brakes. It is quite difficult to stop a 220-lb car that is in a hurry. It’s a good thing that you can now add power brakes to give cars like MGB GT a little boost.

The MGB GT still offers an overall pleasurable ride. It is smooth, quick and nimble to drive. Also, the rear seat/shelf can seat a child and its small hatch can provide some storage space. It still needs installation of proper seat belts for added security. It is still a fine daily driver.

Maintaining it is not really that bad. It just requires investment and involvement and also a bit of obsession. These cars need to be tinkered by its owners for it to be maintained properly. Buying an MG does require you to have wrenching skills. Part of its maintenance are replacing its worn wiring and fine-tuning its carburetors as well as keeping the engine clean. the maintenance tasks are all ones that you can pick up along the way – you just need a small toolkit that you can buy in any mechanic store, lots of blue roll for cleaning up grease and so on and the patience to get the car manual out every time you get stuck! It will certainly develop a bond between the vehicle and its owner.

The MGB GT is an easy vehicle to work on. It has basic technology and parts. It is definitely a car that is suited for those who loves tinkering and wrenching. There are a lot of great teachers out there that can help you in case you are clueless with tinkering. Scrutinizing the brake parts and suspension bits of this car can be exciting.

There are a lot of vintage cars that are easier to handle and have better brakes. So why would anyone purchase a MGB GT? Although the engine of a MGB GT can be withstand long travels. The price of an MGB GT is pretty affordable for a vintage car. Purchasing this nowadays does not seem like a logical decision but in an emotional sense and for the love of vintage vehicles, it is still a decent ride.

Technical Specifications

Engine: 4 cylinder in line
Capacity: 1,798cc
Bore & Stroke: 80.26mm x 88.9mm
Valve operation: overhead operated by tappets pushrods and rockers.
No of bearings: 5 main
Power output: 97 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 105lb/ft at 2,500 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Carburation: Twin SU’s
Clutch: Single dry plate
Suspension: front; coil and wishbone, rear; live axle with semi elliptic leaf springs.
Dampers: Armstrong lever arm front & rear
Steering: Rack and pinion
Brakes: Hydraulic with servo assistance. Front; 10.75″ dia disc. Rear; 10″ dia drum
Maximum speed: 104 mph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 13.0 secs
Fuel consumption: 25 mpg.

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