CAR OF 1962 THE MGB

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The MGB has been a sta­ple of the clas­sic car world for so many decades that it’s some­times easy to over­look its im­pact on its de­but on 20 Septem­ber. To re­place the MGA, a sports car that was renowned for the beauty of its coach­work, was a vast chal­lenge but the B was also an aes­thetic tri­umph, with its un­der­stated lines. It was also the first mono­coque-bod­ied sports car to hail from Abing­don and although it was a smaller car than the A, the cabin was more spa­cious.

Cer­tain die-hards saw the MGB’s wind-up win­dows and ex­te­rior door han­dle as fur­ther ev­i­dence of de­clin­ing stan­dards but many other mo­torists wel­comed these decadent fit­tings. The price was a most rea­son­able £834 6s 3d (plus £14 16s 1d for a heater and £1 4s 2d for an ash­tray) and the chaps at

Au­to­car found the new MG to be ‘a much su­pe­rior car to its pre­de­ces­sor’ – high praise in­deed.

RIGHT 1962 MGA re­place­ment was truly rev­o­lu­tion­ary – it even had door han­dles.

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