MGB Roadster – Classic Car Self Hire Scotland

The Wee Green “B”

MGB Roadster – 1978

Imagine a beautiful summer day, the sun is shining and your driving through the beautiful Scottish Highlands driving a classic roadster. The MGB has every single ingredient of the classic British sports car.

The “B” was an epochal car for MG. During its 18-year production run, it became the world’s best-selling sports car, and went on to define the concept of the open-topped British sports car for enthusiasts across the world.

Our MGB was born in 1978 recently undergone an engine & gearbox rebuild it is now ready for some exciting thrills and spills in the Scottish Highlands single track uncongested roads.

MGB Specifications;

  • 2-door roadster body type
  • RWD (rear-wheel drive)
  • Manual 4-speed gearbox
  • Petrol engine
  • Power: 62 kW / 83 hp / 84 PS ( DIN ), Torque net: 138 Nm / 102 lb-ft
  • Characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4020 mm / 158.25 in, wheelbase: 2314 mm / 91.1 in
  • Accelerations: 0-60 mph 12.5 s; 0-100 km/h 13.4 s (a-c simulation); 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 18.9 s (a-c simulation)
  • Fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 10.4 l/100km / 27.3 mpg (imp.) / 22.7 mpg (U.S.) / 9.7 km/l

Some facts about MGB’s;

  • The name ‘MGB’ was originally conceived as the name for the MGA Twin-Cam
  • The MGB is always identified with the classic BMC ‘B’ series engine but when the MGB was being conceived the BMC parent company was also hatching plans for a family of V4 and V6 engines. The MGB was to have been the recipient of a 2 litre V4 but when the new engine project was scrapped it was back to the trusty ‘B’ series.
  • At first the MGB was to get the 1622cc engine from the MGA but early testing showed it to be slower – luckily a 1798cc version was being developed for the Austin-Morris 1800 (Land-Crab) and that was chosen instead.
  • The height of the MGB windscreen was dictated by International Racing rules for the class it was to compete in, without those rules and MG’s competition aspirations’ the MGB might have been easier to see out of for us taller drivers.