Dropping the superb V8 into the MGB bodyshell was inspired.  It gave this classic sports car a whole new lease of life.  Today, it will still win you over with its performance, panache and practicality.

Settle easily into a comfy, sporty driver’s seat.  The wooden steering wheel & chrome clocks instantly transport you back to 70’s.  Turn the key.  The engine fires quickly, idling with a muted burble. Blipping the throttle results in an utterly addictive, creamy smooth rumble.  Yep, you’ve found yourself in the cockpit of an MGB GT V8.

Of the 125,000+ MGB’s produced just a fraction of them, 2,591 to be precise, were factory built V8’s. Records reveal 752 of them were rubber bumper models and experts suggest a total of just 1,900 are known to have survived to date.

It took a while for the boffins at BL to realise the transformational potential of dropping Buick’s fabulous all aluminium V8 engine in to the MGB.  And once they got their finger out from whatever orifice they were hiding it in, their timing was impeccable.  The car came to market as the world experienced its first global oil crisis.  Honestly, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

Despite some dithering in delivery, even the morons in the marketing dept at BL could take nothing away from the wonderful car.  The MGB V8 was a roaring success.

After 40+ years is the MGB V8 as good today as it was then?  Can it cope with modern motoring demands and all importantly is it as grin inducing as it was when it first built?

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With almost 140bhp on tap, 0-60 comes along in just over eight seconds along with a top speed of 125mph.  But the real fun is to be had around the sweet spot of 4,000rpm where that addictive V8 engine note coupled with dollops of readily accessible torque makes covering ground effortless and hugely enjoyable as your shift through the slick short-shift gearbox.  Even by modern (boring) standards, the brakes are more than up to the task meaning spirited back road twisties are a real joy.

It’s not all about blatting about though.  The B V8 is amazingly practical too.  A ton of leg and headroom mean you don’t have fold yourself in two in order to climb in and out.  The great luggage space means if long weekends are your thing, it can more than cope.  The V8’s easy going character copes equally well with long modern (boring) motorway journeys or undulating B roads, leaving you completely unstressed when you arrive at your chosen destination.

In recent years these cars have out-performed all of its market rivals.  Its fun and practicality make it a brilliant choice.  To add to that, investors & collectors are now chasing these cars as they begin to realise their value.

Dropping the superb V8 into the MGB bodyshell was inspired.  It gave this classic sports car a whole new lease of life.  Today, it will still win you over with its performance, panache and practicality.

Drive one and see it for yourself.  Be prepared to be hooked though!

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