MGB MkI 1963 - today's tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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MGB MkI 1963 - today's tempter
1963 MGB is a design classic.

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Really, an MG MGB should need no introduction. The epitome of sixties Brit light sports cars, it ranks highly as a design classic. Very simple lines with subtle curves and overall a package that was meant to be both affordable and accessible.

Produced by BMC (British Motor Corp), this was the latest in a long line of light sports cars that could trace their roots back to the 1920s.

The MGB began production in 1962 and lasted all the way to 1980, albeit in somehwat modified form.

In the early cars, the four-cylinder engine was a development of that used in the MGA, now displacing 1798cc and claiming 95hp - a very respectable figure. That was mated to a four-speed manual transmission.

Its big concession to modern car design was it was now a monocoque chassis, rather than a body riding on a more traditional rail-type unit, and incorporated crumple zones.

Mechanically simple, they have a reputation for being easy and fun to live with, so long as you can keep the body rust at bay.

Numerous variants were built over the ensuing years, including a V8 series.

The car listed here is a MkI which, from a collector point of view, is a safe bet. Its NSW-based owner says it has undergone a recent restoration - and many will know it's usually a lot cheaper to buy someone else's restored car than do one yourself.

A roadworthy and full reg are part of the package, which is priced at $17,500.


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