Random # 100: 'Rubber-Nose' MGB
Late-model MGBs, often called Rubber-Noses, tend to cop a bit of stick from some elements of the classic car set.
According to their detractors, Rubber-Noses are unattractive and they handle poorly, too.
First things first: beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, in UMPH's opinion, the one-piece front bumper and grille, and the matching rear bumper are actually quite a pleasant looking evolution of the MGB's style.
A similar treatment was given to the MG Midget, supposedly to help both vehicles meet US collision regulations stipulating that automobiles' bumpers need to be at a standard height and provide greater impact resistance (the result of which can be seen on other vehicles of the era, such as the Series II Fiat X1/9).
|A Rubber-Nose Midget (internet image).|
The resultant higher centre of gravity and extra weight is said to have ruined both cars' balance and handling.
There are a surprising umber of ex-US cars, converted to right-hand drive, in Tasmania, imported at a time when cheap examples and favourable exchange rates made it an attractive way to secure a good quality classic at a reasonable price.
The main car seen here appears to have been an Australian-delivered example, however, as it doesn't feature the indicator repeater lamps that US-market cars do (also an American safety reg requirement).
|A US version Rubber-Nose MGB - note the repeater lamps on the front and rear mudguards (internet image from Just a Car Geek).|
Its suspension height appears to be the same as earlier MGBs', so it's unlikely it would suffer from the same centre of gravity issues attributed to US versions, either.
U M P H
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