Before we get into the details of this lovely British MG classic, these photos were shot with only a Droid X phone. Believe me? Yea, I was surprised to. But with a little touch up in Lightroom these shots came out quite delightful on the eyes. Oh! And check out our new 2011 Fitted Life watermark. Cool huh?
So I was out and about helping out some mates with their cars and we ran into this clean little classic. I wasn’t able to ID the car aside from its make to be MG. With the help of a fellow follower on our Facebook page, we were able to identify it as a MG MGB Roadster, possibly dating back to the late 70′s. And this would be a perfect candidate for our next Schooled IN Old School segment.
For those of you unfamiliar with MG Cars, it was a British sports car company that specialized in two seaters such as the MGB Roadster which debuted in the early 60′s. All MGB Roadsters came packed with MG Cars’ BMC B-Series engine, which featured a displacement of 1798 cc. In the beginning, motor output was rated at 95 HP with torque specs at 110 ft·lb. However, with the introduction of smog equipment in the United States, MGB Roadsters were losing significant amount of power. By the late 70′s, horsepower numbers were as low as 70 HP on California spec cars.
Though horsepower numbers dived as the years progressed, the improvements in the gearbox countered the shortcomings. By the late 60′s, the MGB gearbox was replaced with a design based on the MGC gearbox. This latest gearbox was engineered to withstand the MGC’s 150 HP motor. Overkill nonetheless, but reliable to say the least.
Aside from its drivetrain, the MGB Roadster was quick and nimble. The monocoque design offered the MGB a more rigid and lighter chassis than its predecessor. And it was a fresh design for its time, one that MG Cars was proud of.
As of today, a third of the millions of MGB cars produced are still roaming the streets or sleeping in garages. And for some MGB Roadsters such as this little fellow, they’re readily available for impromptu shoots by your resident auto photo shooters.
:. Michael Cabuco