The first production car was completed on 22nd May 1962, and in September of that year the model was launched to an eager public at the Earls Court Motor Show.
During its 19 years production a total of 512,122 MGB models left the factory. This figure is greater than the combined total of all other MG’s manufactured at Abingdon and remains the highest volume of a single design of sports car produced by any manufacture in the world.
Over 30 years after MG used the slogan in an advertising campaign, the MGB is still deserved of its title
"The Great British Sports Car"!
Introduced to the MGB range in 1967 the GT was styled at MG’s Abingdon Design Office, but then sent to Pininfarina in Italy, who made minor changes. The result was a vehicle that Autocar described at its launch as "perhaps the prettiest Sports Coupe ever to leave the BMC drawing boards."
The MGB GT V8 was introduced in 1972 and boasted the same refinements as the standard GT, but with up-rated brakes, gearbox, axle and rear suspension to accommodate the additional power produced by the 3500cc engine. During its five years of production 2591 examples were manufactured.
When production of the MGB finally ceased in 1980 a total of 128,188 GT models had left Abingdon.