MGB GT 50th Anniversary 1965-2015
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The anniversary of the introduction of the first MG B GT will be upon us in 2015, with prices to be increasing as demand for the ageless classic continues.
The fixed-roof MGB GT was introduced in October 1965. Production continued until 1980, though export to the US ceased in 1974. The MGB GT sported a ground-breaking greenhouse designed by Pininfarina and launched the sporty “hatchback” style. By combining the sloping rear window with the rear deck lid, the B GT offered the utility of a station wagon while retaining the style and shape of a coupe. This new configuration was a 2+2 design with a right-angled rear bench seat and far more luggage space than in the roadster. Relatively few components differed, although the MGB GT did receive different suspension springs and anti-roll bars and a different windscreen which was more easily and inexpensively serviceable. Early prototypes such as the MGB Berlinette produced by the Belgian coach builder Jacques Coune utilized a raised windscreen in order to accommodate the fastback.
Although acceleration of the GT was slightly slower than that of the roadster, due to its increased weight, top speed improved by 5 mph (8 km/h) to 105 mph (170 km/h) due to better aerodynamics.