Το τελευταία MGB Roadster, κατασκευάστηκε στις 23 Οκτωβρίου του 1980 από την MG και η British Motor Heritage ανέλαβε να το επιστρέψει στο Gaydon και να την βάλει στο μουσείο “17th Century Abingdon County Hall”. Για να μπει μέσα στο μουσείο η MGB έπρεπε να μπει από το παράθυρο, αφού δεν χωρούσε από πουθενά αλλού. Οι εργασίες αρκετές ώστε να χωρέσει να μπει μέσα στο κτίριο και έτσι αφαιρέθηκαν τα πάντα από πάνω του ώστε να χωρέσει από το παράθυρο. Αφού ένας γερανός το έβαλε μέσα στο κτίριο, οι άνθρωποι της BMH το συναρμολόγησαν ξανά ώστε να πάρει εκτεθεί στο μουσείο.
[Πηγή: British Motor Heritage]
LAST PRODUCTION MGB MAKES DRAMATIC RETURN TO TOWN OF ITS BIRTH
The very last MGB Roadster made, which rolled off the MG Car Company’s Abingdon production line on October 23, 1980, made a dramatic return to its home town today (December 1). The property of the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, it has been placed on indefinite loan to the 17th Century Abingdon County Hall Museum. And, due to the practical limitations imposed by the picturesque Grade One listed building, the car had to be ‘posted’ on its side through the arched windows of the first floor, with just inches to spare.
The task of first stripping the MG to its bare shell, fitting that to a specially designed cradle, masterminding the pair’s delivery into the building via a gigantic 30 ton scissor lift, and finally rebuilding the car for public display, fell to Witney-based British Motor Heritage (BMH), which also sponsored the ambitious project from start to finish.
Said BMH’s Managing Director John Yea: “As the only manufacturer of original-quality replacement panels and complete bodyshells for the ubiquitous MGB, we felt we were the appropriate company to help bring this challenging task to fruition for all concerned. 2012 is the 50th anniversary of this perennially popular sports car, and it is very fitting that a representative example will be proudly displayed in the town where over 500,000 were built; a high percentage of which were exported to America.”
Further details on BMH and its products for the MGB and other classic British cars can be found at www.bmh-ltd.com.
HOW BRITISH MOTOR HERITAGE IS HELPING THE MGB ON THE ROAD FROM GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY TO CENTENARY
2012 is the 50th anniversary of the ubiquitous MGB, a staggering 514,834 examples of which were made between 1962 and when the Abingdon factory was sadly closed for good in October 1980. That a high percentage of the cars produced still exist today is testament to:
- The original build quality
- The depth of the model’s global popularity
- The ready supply of replacement parts
British Motor Heritage (BMH) began producing replacement panels for the model in 1987 and has been offering complete new bodyshells since 1988. Unlike the replacement items for many makes of classic car, the BMH ones are created by skilled craftsmen on the very same moulds by which the MGs were created originally, so the fit and finish is to exactly the same standard. To date the company has manufactured some 2,130 MGB Roadster shells and 347 for the GT – not to mention all 2,009 produced for the RV8 and thousands of individual panels for all variants of the model.
Said BMH’s Managing Director John Yea: “The B was MG’s first monocoque sports car and, with its substantial box section sills and chassis legs integral to the main structure, could be regarded as somewhat over-engineered – a fact for which many an MGB racer has been mighty grateful over the years! The point was further underlined by the programme for the 190bhp RV8 (the original MGB had 95bhp), for which the only bodyshell change required was the provision of reinforced mounting brackets for the rear anti-tramp bars.
“We are proud of the role we play in helping to keep these great British sports cars alive for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Far from being outmoded, their levels of performance, economy, handling and braking are perfectly suited to today’s traffic conditions, and their timeless looks outshine those of most modern cars. Though I won’t be around to celebrate the MGB’s centenary in 2062, I’m pretty sure many of the cars will be!”
For further details of BMH’s replacement parts for the MGB and many other popular British classics – plus a worldwide list of stockists – log onto www.bmh-ltd.com. A host of 50th anniversary celebrations are planned for the MGB throughout 2012, from a series of races that will include some of the original ‘works’ cars, to a multi-club extravaganza at Blenheim Palace on September 23. Further details of these and other activities can be found at www.mgcc.co.uk;www.mgownersclub.co.ukand www.hrdc.eu etc.