My Car Quest

July 6, 2022

MGB – What Were They Thinking?

by Mike – 

I opened the new issue of Octane Magazine yesterday and the cover story is “Class of 62”.

On the cover is a nice picture of a Ferrari 250 GTO, a Shelby Cobra, the MGB and a Lotus Elan. They are celebrating the 50th anniversary of these cars calling them “legends all”.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

Shelby Cobra

Shelby Cobra No. CSX 2001

Maybe I missed something but when did the MGB become a legend? It is one of the most unattractive cars to come out of England and certainly a big step down from the beautiful MGA.

If the MGB is as reliable as the MG Midget that I once regrettably owned it will be a pain to own and drive.

I was wondering why the Iso Rivolta GT was not on this cover and then as I continued to flip through the pages all was explained when I discovered that the Octane editor owns an MGB.

Iso Rivolta GT

Iso Rivolta GT

I guess if I was the editor of a fancy car magazine I would feature cars that I like and own such as the Iso Rivolta GT, Iso Grifo, Bizzarrini GT 5300 and Porsche 911.

Plus other unquestionably great cars: the Ferrari 250 GTO and the Shelby Cobra.

But not the MGB, I don’t even have a picture of an MGB.

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Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Bizzarrini GT 5300

Bizzarrini GT 5300

Porsche 911

Porsche 911


  1. bruce caron says

    I noticed on page 81 under “’62’s other new cars” they mention the Iso Rivolta right under Ferrari 250GT Lusso.

    Also the article on the Ferrari 250 GTO was mostly about Bizzarrini godfather of the Iso’s and Bizzarrini awesome cars.

    I’ve subscribed to a lot of car magazines and I’m constantly frustrated with all the publicity about Triumphs (owned 2), MG’s, Jag’s (want an XKE), and other English cars. I usually buzz right through that info and look for articles on Italian cars. Even the ads are for English cars and parts. Sometimes it takes me about 15 minutes to go through a magazine like Classic and Sports Car. Then I throw it in a box destined for the V.A. hospital.

    I have to man up and subscribe to Auto Italia or ???

  2. Bruce,

    I understand – most car magazines are published by the British. They are as obsessed with cars as much as Californians. I also have owned several British cars and I liked most of them.

    However, you can get some of your Italian fix right here on MCQ.

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