1970 MGB Roadster

MGB Roadster Classic Car HireOne of the most popular British sports cars, suitable for all weathers.
Fantastic with the roof down on a beautiful summer's day with the wind in your hair, equally as exciting with the roof up. If it's classic excitement you're looking for, this little car will definitely fit the bill.

With it's 1.8 litre engine, you certainly won’t need to hang around. Painted in a beautiful Primrose yellow with chrome bumpers and original wire wheels, our MGB will most certainly get you noticed.

The MGB makes a statement all of it's own with the stunning roar that comes from the exhaust, but don't worry the fitted stereo will cover this up if it gets too much for you. Why not treat your loved one to a romantic tour around the beautiful countryside in this sports car built for two.

Some History of the MGB Roadster
The roadster was the first of the MGB range to be produced. The body was a pure two-seater but a small rear seat was a rare option at one point. By making better use of space the MGB was able to offer more passenger and luggage accommodation than the earlier MGA while being 3 inches (75 mm) shorter overall. The suspension was also softer, giving a smoother ride, and the larger engine gave a slightly higher top speed. Wheel diameter dropped from 15 to 14 inches (360 mm).

In late 1967, sufficient changes were introduced for the factory to define a Mk2 model. Changes included synchromesh on all 4 gears with revised ratios, an optional Borg-Warner automatic gearbox (except in the US), a new rear axle and an alternator in place of the dynamo. To accommodate the new gearboxes there were significant changes to the sheet metal in the floorpan, and a new flat-topped transmission tunnel. All models are rear-wheel drive. To meet US safety regulations, later North American tourers got three windscreen wipers instead of just two (to sweep the required percentage of the glass), and also received a plastic and foam rubber covered "safety" dashboard, dubbed the "Abingdon pillow".

Other markets continued with the steel dashboard. Rubery Owen RO style wheels were introduced to replace the previous pressed steel versions in 1969 and reclining seats were standardized in 1970. 1971 also saw a new front grille, recessed, in black aluminium. The more traditional-looking polished grille returned in 1972 with a black "honeycomb" insert. 1970 saw split rear bumpers with the number-plate in between, 1971 returned to the earlier five-piece style. Further changes in 1972 brought about the Mk3. The main changes were to the interior with a new fascia and improved heater. Early in the 1974 model year, to meet impact regulations, US models saw the chrome bumper over-riders replaced with large rubber ones, nicknamed "Sabrinas" after the well-endowed British actress.

In the second half of 1974 the chrome bumpers were replaced altogether. A new, steel-reinforced black rubber bumper at the front incorporated the grille area as well, giving a major restyling to the B's nose, and a matching rear bumper completed the change.
New US headlight height regulations also meant that the headlamps were now too low. Rather than redesign the front of the car, British Leyland raised the car's suspension by 1-inch (25 mm). This, in combination with the new, far heavier bumpers resulted in significantly poorer handling. For the 1975 model year only, the front anti-roll bar was deleted from the standard car as a cost-saving measure (though it was still available as an option). The damage done by the British Leyland response to US legislation was partially alleviated by further revisions to the suspension geometry in 1977, when a rear anti-roll bar was made standard equipment on all models.

Original MGB Roadster Specification:
Please note: this car has 2 seats and is therefore only suitable for 2 people

Engine 4-cyl, in line
Bore x Stroke 80.26mm x 88.90 mm (3.15in x 3.5in)
Capacity 1789cc
Valves Pushrod overhead
Maximum Power 94 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Transmission 4 speed manual, all with synchromesh, electrical overdrive optional
Gear Ratios 1st 3.33, 2nd 2.21, 3rd 1.38, 4th 1.0
Final Drive 3.90
Brakes Front disc / rear drum, servo assisted
Wheels / Tyres 5j 14in diameter wire spoked. Tyre pressures 21psi front, 24psi rear
Length 153in (3886mm)
Wheelbase 91in (2311mm)
Width 59in (1498mm)
Height 49in (1244mm)
Front Track 49in (1244mm)
Rear Track 49in (1244mm)
0-60 mph 11 secs
Classic Car Hire : MGB Roadster

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