When the MGB arrived in 1962, it was viewed as heresy by the flat-cap-and-handlebar-mustache Nigel Shiftright, T-series fans. They were used to side-curtains, ineffective heaters, non-existent defrosters and multiple water leaks. The new roadster was shorter and squarer than the preceding MGA, with windup windows, outside door handles and more weather equipment. It was also monocoque construction, moving away from the separate frame of the MGA. The 1,798-cc OHV four-cylinder engine was a bored-out version of the B-Series motor but boasted a lot more torque.

Chrome bumper cars from 1962-74 are preferred, and the most desirable years are considered to be 1965-67, with the early dash, the free-revving pre-emission engine and optional knock-off wire wheels and overdrive. 1965 saw the first five-main bearing engine, which eliminated the crankshaft whip of the three-main bearing cars and offered a better oil cooler.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

95 bhp, 1,798 cc OHV four-cylinder engine, two SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension wishbones, coil springs, lever shocks and sway bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs and lever shocks, front-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 91"

Source: RM Auctions

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