The 1967 model year marked the last for the MGB Mk I, and the advent of the Mk II would be accompanied by standardization of interior and trim colors, with some of the old fashioned combinations discontinued and the adoption of black soft tops. In addition, while twin 6-volt batteries continued to be fitted, the Mk II electrical system changed to negative ground and an alternator was installed.
The transition occurred over 1967 and 1968 but major changes were afoot for American market models, as emissions and safety regulations began a 12-year process of emasculating one of the best British sports cars. Since the next year’s U.S. models were introduced in September, calendar year production could include part of two year’s models.
Most 1967 MGB roadsters were Mk I models. Of the 15,128 sold that year, the U.S. market took 8611, and UK buyers accounted for 2747 units. Just 560 Mk II roadsters were built, including 520 U.S. market cars.
MGB GTs were still mostly Mk Is for 1967 and total production was 11,396 units. For a change, the majority of 5269 GTs were sold in the UK, while 4142 went to the U.S. From this point onwards annual MGB production will include both current and next year models to indicate the September start of the U.S. model year.
Color schemes changed for 1967-68, as the contrasting piping was gradually phased out with the advent of the Mk II. U.S. dashboards were redesigned with recessed instruments to accommodate safety concerns, and the thickly padded “Abingdon Pillow” eliminated the glove box which would not reappear until 1972.