In our first installment this week of July 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1971 MG B – Roadster presented by nominee, CRO Member Mike Ruckman. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for June’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
Replacing the classic MGA, the MG MG B combined classic British styling with sporty performance and a reasonable price. The 1971 MG B Roadster was no exception, featuring long, rounded lines and a pure two-seat body style. The Roadster was the longest running of the MG’s body styles, and it remains a popular summer cruiser even today.
A True European Roadster
The 1971 MG B Roadster was a classic two-seat European roadster with a relatively short wheelbase, refined body lines and an agile, lightweight frame. The 1971 model featured several styling changes over previous years, including a return to the one-piece chrome rear bumper after 1970’s split two-piece design. In a divisive move, the 1971 models carried over the same recessed black aluminum grille from the previous year rather than the older polished chrome grille.
Performance on a Budget
While the 1971 MG B Roadster may not be confused for a high-performance super car, it nonetheless provided exciting, sporty performance at a much lower price than many other European sports cars. As with previous model years, the 1971 MG B was powered by the sturdy, reliable BMC B-Series engine. The four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine was rated at 95 horsepower and provided enough power for an enjoyable drive thanks to the MG B’s light weight. The MG B also offered excellent ride quality thanks to its soft, forgiving suspension, though it lacked some of the responsiveness found in sportier European roadsters. The end result was a car tailor-made for cruising the countryside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
A Fixer-Upper’s Dream
Considering its affordable price, desirable styling and fun driving experience, it should come as no surprise that the MG B Roadster retains a strong following even today. Many drivers are particularly drawn to the MG B because of the ease with which it can be restored and maintained. As one of the most-produced sports roadsters ever made, replacement parts are widely available and generally inexpensive. Repairs are made easier thanks to straightforward engineering and a simple design, making the MG B family popular choices for restoration projects.
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