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MG MGB Roadster MkIII

January 20th, 2008 by Rolph · No Comments

Yet another little MGB. This bright blue baby is from 1974 or beyond. Due to US import regulations, the lovely chrome bumper on this nice little tourer had to be replaced by these fat, butt-ugly, black rubber bumpers.

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Quoted straight from Wikipedia: The new, steel-reinforced black rubber bumper at the front incorporated the grille area as well, giving a major restyling to the B’s nose, and a matching rear bumper completed the change. New US headlight height regulations also meant that the headlamps were now too low. Rather than redesign the front of the car, British Leyland raised the car’s suspension by 1 inch. This, in combination with the new, far heavier bumpers resulted in significantly poorer handling. Worse still, for the 1975 model year only, the front anti-roll bar was deleted from the standard car as a cost-saving measure (though it was still available as a cost option), causing further degradation in the car’s handling. The damage done by the British Leyland response to US legislation was partially alleviated by further revisions to the suspension geometry in 1977, when a rear anti-roll bar was made standard equipment on all models. US emissions regulations also reduced horsepower, and by the time of the B’s demise in 1980, performance was decidedly lacklustre.

Why oh why did they made this car suffer these insults… Stupid wankers at British Leyland! No wonder they went bankrupt.

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Tags: Cabriolet/Convertible · MG

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