MGB/TR7 TIME­LINE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Epic Battle -

1959

De­vel­op­ment work on the MGB be­gins un­der the di­rec­tion of chief en­gi­neer Syd­ney En­ever. The well-proven B-se­ries en­gine and ba­si­cally

an MGA sus­pen­sion lay­out were cho­sen.

1962

MGB pro­duc­tion be­gins, reach­ing 4518 cars

by the end of De­cem­ber.

1964

Im­proved five-bear­ing B-se­ries en­gine

in­tro­duced, with op­tional over­drive.

1965

The MGB GT is in­tro­duced, and takes a third of

sales by the end of the fol­low­ing year.

1967

The MGB MkII is in­tro­duced.

1968

Bri­tish Ley­land Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion is formed, mean­ing MG and Tri­umph have same owner.

1969

Matt black grille and Rostyle wheels re­vealed

on MGB at mo­tor shows.

1971

The MGB is given a re­vised fas­cia to keep it

up to date.

1974

Rubber-bumper US-spec­i­fi­ca­tion MGB in­tro­duced, with ride height raised by an inch

and-a-half to meet head­lamp reg­u­la­tions.

1974

The first Tri­umph TR7s leave the pro­duc­tion

line at the Speke plant in Septem­ber.

1976

Bri­tain gets the Tri­umph TR7 from 19 May

af­ter suc­cess­ful US launch.

1977

The Speke fac­tory goes on five-month strike in Oc­to­ber. The fac­tory closes the fol­low­ing May, cost­ing us the in­tro­duc­tion of the Lynx.

1978

In Oc­to­ber, TR7 tool­ing was trans­ferred to the Can­ley fac­tory, Tri­umph’s spir­i­tual home, with

mas­sive qual­ity im­prove­ments.

1979

Pro­duc­tion of the TR7 con­vert­ible be­gins.

1980

The Rover V8-en­gined TR8 is launched – but

it’s for the US mar­ket only.

1980

The last MGBs leave Abing­don. Later in the year, TR7/8 pro­duc­tion switches from Can­ley

to Rover’s Soli­hull fac­tory.

1981

In May, BL an­nounces the end of TR7/8 pro­duc­tion af­ter of 114,445 TR7s and 2715

TR8s were built.

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