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Period performance (different perspective)

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Subject: Period performance (different perspective)
From: "Brinkman, Gerardo V" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 09:59:07 -0400
>My opinion on the question has always been that the MGB was smack in the
>middle of the price/performance/features curve in its prime (it kind of
>off the curve by the mid 70s). 

I grew up in the UK in the '60s and '70s and quite definitely the MGB was
a sports car in Europe. you have to have the a different perspective about
Vs USA. In the UK, it was quite rare to see a car with more than 1300cc.
Most of
the cars were in the 850-1300 cc range (Mini, Austin 1100, Vauxhall, Fiat,
Renault etc).

Most of these manufactures reserved their bigger engines for the top-of-the
line models,
the bread and butter cars always had small engines. So the expectation was
that 0-60 of
16 seconds was considered quite the norm and a true 100mph car was quite
Handling of these econoboxes was "entertaining"
at best. Then comes along the MGB, 0-60 in ~11 sec, great handling and a
true 100mph
top speed. So yes, the MGB was considered a real sports car.

I remember seeing my first BMW 2002 - it was like seeing a new Lambo "bat"

What is really surprising is that the MGB (at least mine), can still keep up
with modern
day traffic on the freeway and in town and given a good winding road can
still dust
most cars away (more of function of the driver - but the capabilities are

For a 40 year design, I think the MGB has stood the test of time quite
I wonder how a Civic DX will be able to tackle the mean streets in 40 years
time 1!!

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