1973 MGB

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Not a whole lot of old British cars remain on the streets of Alameda. We've seen a few Morrises and a couple of Jaguars, but just a single MG up until today. I found this '73 MGB parked just a few doors down from the '68 Pontiac GTO and ran right home to get my camera, in case it was about to drive away any minute. As it turned out, this MG is a new resident, not a onetime visitor.

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1973 was the last year of the small chrome bumpers for US-market MGBs, with monstrous Malaise units adding approximately five tons of ugly to the later car. The Malaise Era got an early start on the MGB's engine for '73, though, with a Yugo-like 79 horsepower on tap from the venerable BMC B engine (yes, the US-spec Yugo boasted- if that's the word- only 68 horsepower, but those extra 11 horses probably don't give the British Leyland product much of a performance advantage over the Zastava machine). Still, I used a '73 MGB-GT as a daily driver for a few years, and it felt quick, even if the reality was otherwise.

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This car is in very, very nice condition, with no rust and plenty of shine, and it parks on the street every day. Did anyone ever use these luggage racks for luggage?

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Aftermarket steering wheel and shift knob- right or wrong for this car?



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Rob Emslie

That is awesome, and it sure does make me miss my old B. It even has the original rostyle wheels which have typically, by this time, been replaced by some form of mag or mis-matched steel wheels of unknown origin.

You're right Murilee, the original smog controls on these sapped two, no maybe three squirrels worth of power, but by now it's outside of the smog test requirements so let the fun begin!