Storage Yard Classic: Rubber-Bumper MG-B Roadster


We have seen quite a few rare and oddball cars in the storage yard thus far. This one is a little different; it’s an example of the most-mass produced roadster (pre-Miata), the MG-B. This particular car is from late in the production run and wears brown paint, which was curiously popular when these cars were new. I suppose the pin striping, also popular during that era, jazzes it up a bit, but personally speaking, I prefer to see sports cars painted in yellow, red, green, or at least something a bit brighter.

MG B interior

Like the other cars here, this one has spent a number of years parked outside, and its interior has suffered due to the absence of a rear window. Unlike its sedan field-mates, the parts to revive it can be found by simply opening a catalog; in fact, it’s likely that only classic Mustang or Camaro bits would be easier to obtain. Even so, it still might be this car’s fate to be parted out–that overdrive gearbox is quite desirable, and probably worth as much as the rest of the car. The updated dash pegs this one as a 1977-to-1980 model, which means it also has upgraded cooling as well as front and rear anti-sway bars.

MG B rear

These late MG-Bs are quite often known as the rubber-bumper Bs–which isn’t quite accurate, since the bumper is actually steel covered in polyurethane plastic. With the weight gain and increased ride height caused by the new bumpers, the B became more of a touring car than a sports car, but the changes can be back-dated easily.