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History of the 1970-1974 MG MGB
Mechanically, the MGB was little changed for 1970, retaining its 1,798cc pushrod engine, four-speed all-synchro transmission and all the familiar running gear. It was, however, given a light facelift and “Leylandized” with a new recessed black-out grille, Ro-Style styled steel wheels (wire wheels remained optional) and new taillight lenses and rubber tipped bumper overriders as well as a 1970 only split rear bumper.
Inside, leather seating surfaces had given way to vinyl. Despite a “cheapening” of the MGB’s specifications, sales climbed modestly for both the convertible and the GT. Little changed for 1972, although American market cars were distinguished by a right side door mirror and a modified dashboard with a glove box. For 1973, the traditional chrome grille surround returned with a black mesh insert and GTs were retrimmed with a corduroy fabric on all seating surfaces. Early in 1974 the bumpers sprouted unsightly black overriders, which were only a harbinger of worse to come. For the midyear “1974 ½” models, the MGB and MGB/GT were raised on their suspensions and fitted with large front and rear bumpers in an effort to meet increasingly stringent Federal crash standards with minimal investment.
1974 MG MGB GT Info
2dr Coupe (Rubber Bumper)
4-cyl. 1798cc/95hp 2x1bbl
Curb Weight: 2346 lbs.
Length: 159.2 in.
Wheel Base: 91 in.
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