Each of us knows ways to go back to the past, even for a brief moment. Sometimes this is done by recreating your favorite childhood recipe, which has been on the yellowed notebook page for many years. For others, a journey into the past is understood as a journey to their beloved places on earth – resorts, mountain trails or luminous lakes. Lovers of vintage cars, on the other hand, have a reliable method that has worked for several years. It consists of turning the key in the ignition of a classic machine. At the moment, believe me, it’s really slowing down, and the radio is resuming hits from a few decades ago …
The last group of people is perfect for enthusiasts of one of the most beautiful European convertibles of the 1960s – MGB Cabrio. This car has literally all the features of an ideal sports car, at the controls that every mile will undoubtedly be a feast for the senses.
MGB Cabrio debuted in 1962 as the successor to the equally legendary MGA, although designers from the UK had been working on the design since 1958. However, this model was a completely modern and technologically advanced design at the time, equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The aggressively spinning unit had an output of over 90 hp, which could be felt on the road as well as during fast overtaking. In addition, the car was equipped with an improved four-speed gearbox, which was an improved version of the gearbox used in its predecessor. It was only 920 kg roadster with an extremely sporty driving position. The suspension in the MGB was not extremely hard, although it did not impair the handling characteristics in any way.
The convertible, which attracted like a magnet, originally offered space for only two people (an extra “bench” used instead of the rear luggage rack was only available after a while), so both the driver and passenger could not complain about too little legroom, as in the segment of similar cars even was the order of the day. In the middle of the instrument panel was a place for an optionally installed radio. The gear was literally at hand. The three-spoke steering wheel with a beautiful brand emblem included in the horn button was also perfectly cut. These cars were also not overly equipped with unnecessary gadgets like: electric windows. The traveling people had to make do with chrome handles.
MGB Cabrio it looked phenomenal from all directions. At the front, the headlights, in elegant recesses, blend perfectly into the chrome grille and the not-so-small bumper. Mirrors, usually mounted on the front fenders, spoke wheels and a discreet strip that extends along the entire length of the car’s side just gave a real taste to the beautiful whole. The rear of the car, and especially those from the beginning of production, could easily be included in the cannon’s beauty cannon. The narrow lampshades on the taillights and the almost flat boot lid looked good. The studio founded by him was responsible for the exterior design Pietro Frua – designer of such structures as the legendary Renault Floride.
The open versions can be ordered in two variants. The most popular of them was the variety with a soft, black and above all tarpaulin roof, which was quite durable. But for those who wanted to travel under a hard roof, there was a variant with an elegant fiberglass plate, which in some countries was equipped with additional, small lenses. Interestingly, MGB was the first MG in history to get locks for both doors and luggage compartments.
Today, it is safe to say that the most beautiful MGB variety was the first series. With the advent of the seventies, the process of making several years of modifications began, which, according to many fans of these British roadsters, impoverished the look of a once flagship sports car. Discreet chrome parts have replaced the cheesy black plastic elements.
Despite his debut in 1965 MGB GT, ie a slightly larger compartment, the convertible variant was still one of the favorite variants of customers from all over the world. These cars already gained enormous popularity in the United States during the first years of production and left behind even much greater and seemingly better equipped competition. Due to the rules required in the US market, the cars from MG lost a bit in terms of handling and power. The changes also affected the interior, which in the late seventies almost resembled the interior of the first generation of the car.
It was known from the initial assumptions of the then representatives of the concern that the MGB Cabrio would be manufactured in just 7 years. However, it was different, as the last copy of the extremely large series was assembled in October 1980, ie 18 long years after production started! There are few cars that can boast almost the same look throughout their “lifetime” as in the beginning.
When average prices are set, Germany is the best reference market.
Prices for this model in Germany (in Euros):
MG B, 1800, MK I, convertible, 1962-67: State 1: 28 500, State 2: 18 500, State 3: 12 500, State 4: 6 200, State 5: 2 500. Prices over the past 5 years are stable and increase by only 1%.
MG B GT, 1800, MK I, coupe, 1965-67: State 1: 26 500, State 2: 17 500, State 3: 10 700, State 4: 5500, State 5: 2,000. Prices have increased by 8% over the past 5 years.
Photos: Car brochures and advertisements, MGB press material