The MGB was developed by MG Cars in the early 1960s. The roadster version was launched in 1962 followed by the coupe GT in 1965. Production of a high-performance version, the MGC, ran from 1967 to 1969. The MGB was made at Abingdon in Oxfordshire between 1962 and 1980. The MGB was very popular with the export market, including the United States. Some half-a-million examples were produced. It is estimated that one third of all models built survive. In 1993 the Rover Group introduced an MG RV8 model based on the MGB. Today, the MGB is one of Britain's most iconic motor cars.
By the end of the 1950s MG Cars looked to update its model range. The popular MGA roadster model was made between 1955 and 1962. However, compared to the competition, the MGA was falling behind and MG needed to produce a new roadster to compete with modern rivals.
In 1962 MG Cars introduced the MGB roadster. Like the MGA, the MGB was designed by Syd Enever. The MGB was well received by the motoring press and general public. Improvements to roadster were made in late 1967. These included more safety features for the American market.
With the popularity of the roadster, MGB introduced the hard-top MGB GT coupe in October 1965. The GT was designed by Italian design studio Pininfarina. In 1969 MG Cars introduced a performance-version of the MGB. The model was designated the MGC. In 1973 a V8 version of the MGB GT was introduced. The Rover V8 engine propelled the car to a top speed of 125 mph.
Despite the declining British car industry the MGB remained in production until 1980. Across all versions of the MGB, some 513 276 examples were produced by MG Cars, proving the popularity of the MGB. The MGB remains a welcome sight at classic car rallies across the country.