Is it a B, or not a B? That is the question… at least, it has been in the C&SC office over the past month. Passions have run high over whether we should include #MG / #MGC and #MGB-RV8 – never mind crossbreed Costello #V8 and #Abingdon-Edition – in a story about the ‘ #MGB family’. It’s fair to say that each of our cover stars has had to suffer slings and arrows over the past few decades – the B for its perceived ‘ordinariness’, the C for its reputed handling failings, the RV8 for being an anachronism and the other two for not being real MGs. But I’d wager that a big part of that animosity is simply as a result of the MGB’s outrageous fortune in being the UK’s favourite sports car throughout its lifetime and beyond; people always like to sneer at a success story.
For me it’s a matter of semantics. There were structural changes in the transition from the B to its progeny, quite apart from the heart transplant. But when the basic hull remains broadly similar, and their silhouettes all but identical, the comparisons are inevitable. Owners will argue with conviction why original is best, why the C is an underrated gem, or why the Costello roadster is the car MG should have made – as proven by the eventual arrival of the RV8. We thought it was time we found out once and for all; see for Simon Charlesworth’s verdict.
This being the issue on sale after New Year, we’ve taken our annual look back over the eventful 12 months just gone. For C&SC, #2018 promises yet more exciting change. A new editor arrives soon, and we have big plans for our website’s expansion under a new digital supremo – plus, of course, we have our fantastic show in June to look forward to. We hope you’ll join us for the ride!
The B spawned a dynasty of sporting favourites, and this month we find out which is best.