The MGB GT was launched in 1965 with a ground breaking Pininfarina inspired hatchback and the latest 5 bearing 95hp 1798 cc / 109.7 cui 4 cylinder motor as used in the the MGB Roadster.
In 1970 a version of the GT was launched complete with a black grill as seen above replacing the previous chrome item, reclining seats added to the 4 speed synchromesh gearbox which became available in 1967.
The MGB GT was recognised as an aspirational car by the likes of Playboy which featured an MGB GT in one of it’s advertisements linked here, notice how in the ad the MG owner attracts the females rather more than the Mercury Cougar standing next to it !
MG’s own advertising for the B GT focused on the fact that it’s fully loaded specs allowed owners to escape the option trap as seen in the link here. The 50 spoke wire wheels were standard in some markets though they would eventually be replaced with Rostyle steels wheels.
The extra weight of the roof over the MGB Roadster hindered the B GT’s acceleration though it increased the top speed from 100 to 105 mph. The last MG B GT’s to imported into the USA officially were 1974 though production of the GT continued for other markets until 1980.
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