David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/12/19 1:34 p.m.

“Back in the day, the GT was often a stepchild, especially within the MG community because it wasn’t a convertible,” explains Carl Heideman, longtime MGB GT owner and restorer. “Now, there are a lot of people, especially outside of the MG community, that think GTs are cool and don’t really care about convertible MGBs because Miatas, etc., are so much better.”

The MGB GT might not feature a folding top, but there are still some strong arguments in its favor. For one, the GT makes the better highway cruiser as it’s simply the quieter option. Steel beats cloth. That metal top is also less likely to leak than the fabric option.

That hardtop terminated in a lift-up door–standard hatchback layout–that allowed access to a rather healthy cargo hold. And unlike the roadster, the GT received a back seat–a tiny back seat but, still, technically room for four.

Some of the day’s reviewers did see the beauty in this variant. “Above all, its smoothness, silence, and general refinement will be appreciated by people who, for one reason or another are a little tired of the buzz and vibration of the typical sports car,” John Bolster wrote of the then-new MGB GT in a 1966 issue of Autosport.

The GT is also a bit of a rarity on U.S. shores due to a shorter model run. The MGB made its debut for 1963 as a roadster. The GT didn’t arrive until the 1966 model year. While MG offered the GT through the end of the MGB production line–that would be 1980–they pulled the hardtop model from American showrooms after 1974. Worldwide, and talking round numbers, MG built about 385,000 roadsters and just 125,000 GTs.

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wspohn
wspohn Dork
12/12/19 1:50 p.m.

The MGB GT along with the Volvo P1800 ES are the two classic useful people and luggage carriers that look nice.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/12/19 5:16 p.m.

In reply to wspohn :

Yes, they are attractive cars. 

Tomwas1
Tomwas1 New Reader
12/12/19 11:00 p.m.

Had a 70 B in 72 with a factory hardtop... my girlfriend at the time bought a 67 BGT special edition in BRG. Had black leather with white piping, standard tranny and factory a/c, although it was inop and wire wheels... The se 's wore a little union Jack on the right front wing... Was a sweet little car.... Sure wish I had it now. Was exactly like this one...!!

dougie
dougie Reader
12/16/19 11:00 p.m.

When the 6-cylinder was added and it was breathed on in the right way, it becomes a pretty bad as$ racer.

 

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