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MGBs are common for a reason – because they made a lot of sense when they were new, and because they make a lot of sense second-hand. Not only are they simple and reliable, but it’s no exaggeration to say that you can build a brand new MGB from parts. Everything is available, there is a choice of clubs, and because they were so popular when new everyone has an MGB story. It’s the perfect starter classic, as well as a fun convertible or sports hatch to boot.


There’s an MGB for everyone, and there are scores of aftermarket parts to make a car your own. Chrome or plastic bumpers, leather, vinyl, and cloth trim, roadster or GT – and for the brave, six pot MGCs and Rover engine V8s. We think the purest models are the early Mk1s, though later cars with the five bearing engine post 1964 are more reliable for regular use. The best value are the rubber bumper MGBs which aren’t half as bad as you’ve been told – plus if you prefer chrome, conversion kits are available so you have the best of both worlds.


The MGB is not exactly advanced, nor is it particularly slick, but then it’s hardly agricultural either. What it is then, is an honest example of 1960’s technology, reliable and pleasant to drive. The steering is nicely weighted, and while there’s a lot of roll and mild understeer you can provoke a bit of tail-out fun if you like. Surprise of the range is the ultra rare automatic; while on paper it looks like a dud move it suits the slightly laid back aspect of the car rather well but best in MGC guise to be fair.


You can fall over MGB spares at any classic car event, not to mention specialists like Moss Europe. Check for rust in the inner wings, understructure and the castle sections underneath the sills. In terms of fuel economy, expect an average of around 25mpg which might stretch to 30 on a run; not great for an 1800 but not thirsty either. Service items are oh so easy to obtain – and if you end up with a bad car, you can simply replace parts until you turn it into a good one. Or sell it with ease.


A good MGB is a no brainer – simple, easy to maintain, plenty about and fun. There are few classic sports tourers which are more effective or owner-friendly. It’s the common sense classic sports car.

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