Displacement: 1,798 cc
Horsepower: 98 bhp @ 5,400 rpm
Engine Torque: 110 ft lb @ 3,000 rpm
Top Speed: 106 mph
0 - 60 mph: 11.9 seconds
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Launched in 1962, to replace the aging MGA, the MGB was an instant success. Innovative, modern styling, good performance and handling and a reasonable price made it an unbeatable package. It was the first MG to offer a monocoque structure, making it both lighter and stiffer than previous cars, which further increased its sporting nature. Though initially only offered as a roadster, a fixed head coupe version, the GT, was launched in 1965. Often compared to its more expensive rival, the Jaguar E-Type, it was in fact more akin to the even more upmarket Aston Martin DB5, with its 2+2 seating and sports-tourer styling. They would ultimately be built in three distinct series, all the way up to 1980. It is however, the first series, and in particular, the 1967 (the last year) that have become the most sought after. These benefitted from numerous mechanical revisions over the earlier cars but still retained the classic, steel dashboard, which would be replaced with the introduction of the Mark II, in 1968. Options were few and far between but by far the most desireable, was the Laycock de Normanville overdrive unit, which could be fitted to the four-speed manual gearbox. This greatly improved highway cruising and, as it operated on both 3rd and 4th gears, in effect offered a six-speed transmission.
This particular car was delivered new to California in 1967 and has consequently escaped the ravages of less hospitable climates. Furthermore, it has the prized overdrive transmission option. Resplendent in its silver paint with recently retrimmed black seats, piped in white, it looks, runs and drives beautifully.