The MGB: Classics Never Grow Old
The 1960s brought the British to the shores of the United States. The decade delivered The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Bond movies, and the Mod style. Along with the 1960s pop culture icons, the British also delivered the MG MGB to the States. This little car changed the way that American viewed the sports car experience.
Right Place and Right Time
Prior to the 1960s, sports cars were only made and sold in Europe. Cars made and sold in the United States were big and bigger. The fast cars were the Ford Fairlane and the Chevy Bel Air. The Chevy Corvette was just hitting the lots. But in 1962, this changed with American were able to buy the British MG MGB. These little cars were available through 1980 and over 500,000 Americans owned either a new or used one. They were so loved that it is still possible to find them in restored condition. It is commonplace to still find owners who have had an MBG for decades because they were such a rugged little car that was relatively easy to fix.
Americans Love a Beauty
There are several reasons why the MGB became a favorite car for American drivers. One reason is the appearance. Who doesn’t love the look of a two-seater convertible? Just looking at an MGB brings images of sunny days, two lanes, and tight, curvy roads. But, beyond the appearance of the car, the other reason it became and remains a favorite involves how it was made. There might be plenty of jokes about the reliability of British cars, but the MGB was actually rather reliable, mostly because there were not many parts to break.
Easy to Repair and Replace
Compared to today, the cars were simple to repair. The electrical system was simple, with only four fuses. Alternators and transmissions rarely broke and some are still going strong in their 40s. If owners do need to replace any parts, they can easily be found in catalogs. Those who want to build their very own can do it out of the catalogs – that is how well stocked the catalogs are. The catalog parts are original, from original MG MGB dies that were actually used in the 1960s.
Now the favorite 1960’s sportscar that sold for low price of about $3,000 can be purchased for upwards of $25,000. The classics only continue to get better.