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Re: Is the 1965 MGB the best year made?

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Subject: Re: Is the 1965 MGB the best year made?
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 18:33:42 -0700
Hmm, that's a little bit of an odd proposition, in that I can't think of any
real differences between a 65 and a 66. Unless it's an early 65 with pull
handles, but I don't think of that as a particular advantage, just kind of a
neat vintage touch.

I would think that it's scarcely worth discriminating between Mark I chrome
bumper cars (62-67). But I must admit that these are definitely my

I don't have any problem with later chrome bumper cars, really, just the
dashes are not as classically simple, and you have to deal with the smog

Personally, I find the combination of rubber bumpers, "highboy" ride,
plastic-y interiors, and detuned, single carb engines to be a major
deterrent to considering an RB car. But I know many enjoy them, and they
have the advantage of being as much as 18 years newer. And still offer top
down motoring enjoyment, of course.

As for your question, I don't think it would be "easy", but I suppose you
could add a supercharger. I know the subject has been batted around a bit
lately. And I have seen the topic of dressing up the rubber bumpers come up
several times. It might be in the archives.

on 9/16/01 4:00 PM, at wrote:

> Hi Gang,
> I know that this will probably upset someone but, has anyone ever heard that
> the 1965 MGB is/was the best model year ever made. I know that my 1978 MGB is
> a little 'short on wind' sometimes due to all of the emissions bunk. But its
> such fun little car to just put the top down and drive. Does anyone know of
> an "easy" way to get it up to pre-smog control power and torque. While still
> running all of the emission
> controls ?  Oh yeah, is there anyway to restore
> the smooth finish on the Rubber Bumpers? TIA, Albert Escalante 1978 MGB


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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