Yes, it’s the starter classic, a car that was sold by the hundreds of thousands and supported the rest of the British Motor Corporation’s increasingly miserable range of products from 1962 to 1980. Popular, affordable and stylish, especially in the GT outfit designed by Pininfarina. the MGB was never really a sports car, mainly due to its B-in-line four-cylinder engine.
Modeled after a 1947 Austin engine, the B-Series was nearly a decade old when it found its way under the nose of the MGB. In the 1.8-liter version, this could not even crack 100 hp, less than the twin cam that was found in its predecessor, the MGA, and, since it was made entirely of iron, did the handling balance a disservice. Laughingly, a short-lived inline-six version was seen as a replacement for the Austin-Healey 3000, but things didn’t really improve until the Rover V8 was adopted. It is much better to remove all mechanics and replace them with extremely reliable, powerful electric motors. Just don’t use Lucas wiring.