For Sale: 1970 MG MGB in Staunton, Illinois

Vehicle Description

Development of the MGB started at least as early as 1958 with the prototype known by its Abingdon codename; MG EX205.[4] In structure the car was a progressive, modern design in 1962, using a unitary structure, instead of the traditional body-on-frame construction used on both the MGA and MG T-types and the MGB's rival, the Triumph TR series.[5] However, components such as brakes and suspension were developments of the earlier 1955 MGA, with the B-Series engine having its origins in 1947. The lightweight design reduced manufacturing costs while adding to overall vehicle strength. Wind-up windows were standard, and a comfortable driver's compartment offered plenty of legroom. A parcel shelf was fitted behind the seats. The MGB achieved a 0�€"60 mph (97 km/h) time of just over 11 seconds. The three-bearing 1,798 cc B-Series engine produced 95 hp (71 kW) at 5,400 rpm �€" upgraded in October 1964 to a five-bearing crankshaft. From 1975, US-market MGB engines were de-tuned to meet emission standards, ride height was increased by an inch (25 mm), and distinctive rubber bumpers were fitted to meet bumper standards. The MGB was one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph (48 km/h) impact with an immovable barrier (200 ton).[6][7] Nevertheless, the British AA motoring association has described the car, like many other classic models, as much less safe than modern cars. The issue received public attention following a 2013 case in which a driver in a hired 1963 MGB was killed in a collision with a taxi.[8] A limited production of 2,000 units of the RV8 was produced by Rover in the 1990s. Despite the similarity in appearance to the roadster, the RV8 had less than 5% parts interchangeability with the original car. All MGBs (except the V8 version) used the BMC B-Series engine. This engine was essentially an enlarged version of that used in the MGA with engine displacement being increased from 1,622 to 1,798 cc. The earlier cars used a three-main-bearing crankshaft, 18G-series. In February 1964 positive crank-case breathing was introduced and the engine prefix changed to 18GA, until October 1964, when a five-bearing crankshaft design was introduced, the engine prefix became 18GB. Horsepower was rated at 95 net bhp on both five-main-bearing and earlier three-bearing cars with peak power coming at 5,400 rpm with a 6,000 rpm redline. Torque output on the MGB had a peak of 110 lb�...ft (150 N�...m) and fuel consumption was around 25 mpg.[9] US specification cars saw power fall in 1968 with the introduction of emission standards and the use of air or smog pumps. In 1971 UK spec cars still had 95 bhp (71 kW) at 5,500 rpm, with 105 lb�...ft (142 N�...m) torque at 2,500 rpm. Engine prefixes became 18V and the SU carburetor needles were changed for reasons of the latest emission regulations, under ECE15. By 1973 it was 94 bhp (70 kW); by 1974 it was 87, with 103 lb�...ft (140 N�...m) torque; by 1975 it was 85 with 100 lb�...ft (140 N�...m). Some California specification cars produced only around 70 hp (52 kW) by the late 1970s. The compression ratio was also reduced from 9:1 to 8:1 on US spec cars in 1972. All MGBs from 1963 to 1974 used twin 1.5-inch (38 mm) SU carburetors. US spec cars from 1975 used a single Stromberg 1.75-inch (44 mm) carburetor mounted on a combination intake�€"exhaust manifold. This greatly reduced power as well as created longevity problems as the (adjacent) catalytic converter tended to crack the intake�€"exhaust manifold. All MGBs used an SU-built electric fuel pump. All MGBs from 1962 to 1967 used a four-speed manual gearbox with a non-synchromesh, straight-cut first gear. Optional overdrive[10] was available. This gearbox was based on that used in the MGA with some minor upgrades to cope with the additional output of the larger MGB engine. In 1968 the early gearbox was replaced by a full synchromesh unit based on the MGC gearbox. This uni

Vehicle Details

  • 1970 MG MGB
  • Listing ID: CC-1019603
  • Price: $11,650
  • Location:Staunton, Illinois
  • Year:1970
  • Make:MG
  • Model:MGB
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:96636
  • Stock Number:10744
  • VIN:GHN5UA216893G
Listed By:
Country Classic Cars
2149 East Frontage Road
Staunton, IL 62088

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