Friday, March 2, 2012

1974.5 MGB GT - A Desirable Rubber Bumper B

This is a rare car in North America...

The 1974½ MGB was manufactured September through December 1974. Under normal automobile building procedures, cars built during that time would have been built as 1975 models. MG was having some problems getting the B through the new US emissions standards for 1975. They essentially skirted the new rules (for awhile) by building cars with the 1975 features, including the new rubber bumpers, but titling them as 1974s and calling them 1974½ cars. It was all legal as the cars did have a build date of 1974. (Car companies still use the half year designation every now and then. I know someone who owns a 2005 ½ Audi A4. It has all the changes and features of the 2006 and newer A4s, but was built in 2005 and titled as a 2005 car.)

Just 1200 1974½ MGB GTs were built. (I'm not sure that all were sent to North America) This was the last year (or half year, I guess) that the MGB GT was sold in North America, and were the only GTs ever sold here with rubber bumpers.

This car is a project, but not a difficult one. Originally a Texas car, the seller says it's rust free and shows no evidence of bodywork. The car was repainted at one point and the seller says it was not done well.

The interior could use a little bit of work, especially carpets. This car has air conditioning, which isn't working at the moment. (And probably isn't all that great when it is.)

Rubber bumper Bs are not the most desirable MG around. (Although they're not as bad as some would have you believe. I once owned one.) This one, because of its rarity, is. If I had the spare space I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Located in Adrian, MI, click here to see the eBay listing.

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