SPOTTING AN EARLY MGB
acknowledgement to David Knowles and
his book 'MGB' published by Bay View Books
an early MGB is a common fascination among MGB enthusiasts.
These notes list the more noticeable changes made in the early years.
During 1962: Reflective front badges were replaced by a nonreflective type; the change point is unknown, but possibly occurred before full production.
1963 (car 5635) Screws
and fixings for interior trim changed from chrome-plated to 'Florentine Bronze'.
1963 (car 5794) Windscreen
assembly bottom rail modified so that rubber seal sat under rather than over the
1963 (car 5813) Horns
moved from the bonnet lock platform to engine bay valances.
1963 (car 10466) Stiffer
aluminium introduced for the bonnet. lt may be that at this point (or earlier)
the wooden internal reinforcement fitted to early cars was deleted.
of chrome trim previously fitted within instrument cowl (barely visible in most
1963 (car 11241) Bonnet
prop clip replaced by a rubber stop.
1964 (car 28264) Finish
of 'triangular' filler pieces between rear bumper and wing (to conceal the
gap),change from body-colour paint to chrome-plated.
changed from 'British Jaeger' to 'Smiths Instruments'.
1964 (car 49502) Construction
of radiator grille simplified (but appearance is very similar).
1965 (car 56743) Radiators
Branch pressed-steel fuel tank fitted.