Mot test MGB
I could not believe my eyes when we were presented with this beautiful MGB sport car for its MOT test. I am just going to show the pictures so that you can see for yourself how nice this car is. SOME TIMES THIS IS WHAT A BLOG IS ABOUT.
The MGB was a very sought after car in the sixties and seventies
In my opinion was one of the signs that you were doing better in life if you owned one, I had the poor relation the MG Midget. I remember working for a Dunlop tyres subsidiary at the time and the MG was fitted with 165×14 Mainly Pirelli Cinturato textile radials. The guys who owned them (it was a man’s car and not many females owned one) were mainly self-employed builders and architects, this was the car for them.
The fascinating thing to me though was that out of the 387,000 cars produced 90% were sold in America, where they were as popular as they were in the UK. These cars were built from 1962 to the last car in 1980. The first MGB GT versions rolled off the production line, in 1965 and by the end over 125,000 of these splendid cars were built, with about a third going for export.
The MGB became the World top selling sports car selling well over half a million cars and was the bestselling British sports car of all time. By this time the cars were fitted with more of the Dunlop tyre products, and working for a Dunlop subsidiary meant that we had more and more of these excellent sports cars entering our auto centre for tyres and car servicing.
Over the years the MGB retained its popularity and even now in 2014 there are many companies making and selling spare parts. You can even buy full body shells. This was launched by British Motor heritage back in 1988 and the shell was also used to produce the MG RV8 in 1992.
The technical details are as follows
MGB Tyres size:165×14 and later 18560×14 or 15inch with alloys
MGB Engine: 4 cylinder in line
MGB Capacity: 1,798cc
Bore & Stroke: 80.26mm x 88.9mm
Valve operation: overhead operated by tappets push-rods and rockers.
No of bearings: 5 main
Power output: 97 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 105lb/ft at 2,500 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Carburation: Twin SU’s
Clutch: Single dry plate
Suspension: front; coil and wishbone, rear; live axle with semi elliptic leaf springs.
Dampers: Armstrong lever arm front & rear
Steering: Rack and pinion
Brakes: Hydraulic with servo assistance. Front; 10.75″ dia disc. Rear; 10″ dia drum
Maximum speed: 104 mph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 13.0 secs
Fuel consumption: 25 mpg.
Facts courtesy of …mgownersclub.co.uk/mgb-gt
Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a Nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Dunlop Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motorcodes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.