Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage an­nounces MGB five-speed gear­box con­ver­sion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - grant­ing ‘Her­itage Ap­proval’ for the prod­uct. ‘ We have tested this prod­uct in a wide va­ri­ety of con­di­tions and it per­forms as though it was made for ❚ ❚ Nick Larkin

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.

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