BMH’S FIVE-SPEED ’B
British Motor Heritage announces MGB five-speed gearbox conversion
M GB drivers can now benefit from a five-speed gearbox thanks to British Motor Heritage. BMH is stocking the rather ironically named Vitesse Global five-speed manual gearbox conversion for the model.
Based on the unit fitted to Mazda MX-5 MkIII, the gearbox comes fully assembled and complete with clutch friction plate, slave cylinder, braided clutch pipe, speedometer cable, propshaft and fixing kit. These can be fitted without any modifications to the MGB’s bodyshell. BMH has fitted one to its own MGB Roadster, thereby the MGB, not least because the final drive ratios of the four-cylinder MG and Mazda MX-5 are the same,’ says BMH managing director John Yea.
He adds: ‘Everyone who has driven our show car since the conversion has agreed what a great match the new transmission is.’
Conversions are available for the entire MGB range, including the V8 and RV8. The unit costs £2496 (including VAT, but excluding fitting) and is available through BMH and Vitesse Global. BMH also offers close-ratio gear sets for the standard MGB gearbox.
The Mazda MX-5 based gearbox can be fitted without body modifications to a standard MGB shell.