It only got worse before the end of MGBs in '80. They ended up looking like they were four-wheel-drive vehicles, with about 6" of ground clearance, and the engine choked down to about 17 horsepower or so. Pitiful, pathetic end to a basically pretty wonderful little car.
A friend actually bought one like this new. He dumped it after a year. It was a pile of sh*t. The '65 B that another friend had could run rings around it, and was a terrific automobile.
Man...sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. - Tenzin Gyatso
I'm not meaning to put down anyone's collector car today. But from the perspective of having been there in their own time period, these cars truly sucked majorly. All I had to do back then was look at my new VWs...Sciroccos, a Dasher wagon, and the contrast was stark and undeniable. MG was a floundering underfunded red-headed stepchild of an incompetent automotive conglomeration (British Leyland) and VW was a future-oriented automaker (at that time, anyway) that made most other carmakers and not just MG look like silly anachronisms. Again, that was THEN, and not now.
Lolz at the chirping 2nd by being "ungentlemanly" with the clutch bit. And what's with the vette comparo? Besides the power choking, weren't these z-s carbs prone to fire for some reason as well?
I still like the late bumper cars though :shrug:.
'86 Jaguar xj-s 5.3HE coupe, cobalt blue metallic/blue
'04 Jaguar x-type 3.0 saloon, platinum metallic/charcoal
'96 Toyota Corolla, green/tan
Bisixually disposed, lucas charged and coventry clothed
A late model B is leaps and bounds more comfortable than a pre '74 B. I had a '79 and a '72 at the same time. For driving on a daily basis, the '79 was my first choice. The safety standards meant a raised and collapsible steering column that made the interior more comfortable. Put a chrome bumper crossmember and swap out the rear springs and youll have a comfortable B that handles well.
Youre right though. MG was severly under funded. They had an update for the MGB that wouldve been much like a small Aston Martin in design. They had been trying to update the MGB since the late 80s. The MGC was an attempt at trying to move forward. After killing it off in 1980, BL has publicly regretted letting the MG marque die.
Not only under funded. Lets not forget the poor build quality and lack of supply because of strikes. Late 70ies Great Britain was a grim place to be.
Sadly, the US was generally always the biggest market for MG and Triumph. Pulling out must have been a tough choice and helped kill the brands.