1971 MG B Review

1971 MG B 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carMG Mercury Capri


A practical classic


The car immediately needed a master cylinder. I refurbised the interior, which was very easy work. The rust places to be aware of are the inner rocker panels, floorboards, and the area underneath the front fenders. However, it is easy to get replacement parts, and I had a body shop replace these and repaint the car.

General Comments:

I have wanted to own one of these cars since I was a kid, and one day I just got one. They are not expensive cars to buy.

Despite their reputation, this car did not have electrical problems, and it has been relatively simple and easy to work on.

It is very easy to get parts, even body parts, for these cars.

A fun summer car, but not smooth and quiet as a modern car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review