I might not be able to get my head wrapped around little sporting Euro-roadsters like the Fiat 124 Spider, Triumph TR7 and MGB, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t try. The MGB had a great production run (1962-80), has one of the largest aftermarket support systems of any car, and who can say no to a cheerful little two-seater with no roof? Unless you have serious grudges against anything from Britain in the 1970s…and we can’t blame you if you did, given the quality control issues that were plaguing British cars of the era…the only other reason to knock an MGB is to take aim at the B-series engine that was used throughout the run: hovering just under 100 horsepower, it was no firecracker. Reliable, fine, but fast it was not.
Sometime around 1991, this 1977 MGB got a heart transplant. Gone was the BMC-sourced four and in it’s place went a GM 3.4L V6 and T-5 five-speed, yanked from some form of third-gen Camaro. A narrowed GM rear axle with 3.42 gears moves the tires, and the rest of the car looks like a solid driver, if not show car. It’s not the first car you’d associate with BangShift, but bumping up the power on an MGB with Camaro-sourced parts while leaving the outside looking perfectly normal works for us.