Tuesday, September 9, 2014

13k: A Cobra By Any Other Name: 1977 MG MGB, SVO swap

With as many engine-swapped MGs filling up bandwidth on the pages of Daily Turismo, you would think there's an agenda against Morris powerplants. Someone out there may indeed be sticking pins into a miniaturized, crocheted 1.8L B-series engine. After all, the world is a big place. Around here, there's simply no love for smog-compliant wheezers from any original equipment manufacturer. However, once you tuck a 200-horsepower engine (ironically, built using fuel-saving technology) between the shock towers, the MGB's responsive chassis finally has enough juice to work with, and it's a beautiful thing. Find this 1977 MG MGB with SVO 2.3L turbo swap in Raleigh, NC for $12,500.

Technically, a Mustang-sourced engine in a British roadster earns this the "Cobra" nameplate. Hood bulges on top of hood bulges help convey the image, as do a singular chrome roll bar and fender flares. With the prevalence of turbocharged engines in recent cars, these types of engine swaps may soon become the new norm.

Things look as good inside as they do outside. A variety of Ultra Lite gauges in a steel 1962 MGB dash enable the driver to keep an eye on the compressed air doings its dirty work under the hood. A fuel cell occupies most of the trunk, just like that lower front valance is waiting to occupy every speed bump in town.

A noticeably wider transmission tunnel hosts a Tremec 5-speed mated to a rear end from an MGB GT V8. It buzzes at 3,000 RPM at 70 mph, allowing for easy freeway passing or deviant activity against Camaro SS and Mercedes-Benz AMG drivers, according to the seller. Hmmm, a turbocharged, small-displacement engine embarrassing V8-powered pony cars  is this a shape of things to come?

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1 comment:

  1. This conversion really speaks to me. I hope the SVO donor car was thoroughly shelled-out given the number of T-Bird Turbo Coupes there are still running around. Too bad ford never put this mill in anything lighter than a fox-body. It would be interesting to see how this car performs. I am sure it is a hoot.


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