Later MGBs mounted the horns on the inner fenders, in front of the radiator. Early Bs mounted the horns on the hood shut panel, hanging downwards. The horn wiring harness was modified to suit. Photos show 2 views of the correct early mounting.
Author: A. Henderson
This bottle has a slightly different profile, and a taller cap than did later bottles from the mid-60s. The “TUDOR” label is also significantly larger than those used on later cars, and the decal is not supplied correctly in the reproduction decal kits available to my knowledge.
Author: A. Henderson
MGBs for Canadian delivery in 1962/63 at least came with this lovely chrome rosette affixed to the radiator grille just inboard of the left front bumper over rider. I am unsure as to whether they were present on early Bs for other markets, or whether this was a BMC Canada “extra”. This rosette did appear on some other BMC products in Canada of early 60s vintage. Please feel free to comment from other parts of the world.
Author: M. Feig
Certainly looking for feedback here on originality. I am told that the early MCs had mounting brackets holes that were aligned perfectly to the cylinder although this one is not. The Clutch MC from my ’63 has a plastic cap. Also am unsure what the stamped circles on the body mean. Comments welcome.
One special feature of the earliest of MGB is that early radiator surrounds did not have a large hole on the left side, roughly corresponding to the end of the front air filter for cool air passage to the filters and carburetors.
Early MGBs to an unknown point had the last digits of the VIN written on the underside of the engine hood in felt pen, or paint pen. The hoods were removed as the cars proceeded down the assembly, so the hoods were marked to ensure that they were returned to the correct vehicle near the end of the line.
I believe that this is an original 10 row oil cooler. Note that the edges were rounded. A friend just sent me the plate that he believe belongs to the oil cooler. Ingemar offered up a pic that shows where the plate belongs.