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MG Unlimited Lou Medeiros
Londonderry, NH, USA   USA
1980 MG MGB Limited Edition (LE) "Black Betty"
Came across this ad today. I don't remember ever seeing these rims as an option on a B before. Haven't seen too many pictures of Bs in Japan. Has anyone come across these rims or have a better picture of them?

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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
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The wheels are blurred are the car is moving. Hard to see what they really are...could be Rostyles with trim rings...could be chromed Rostyles....could be a different wheel altogether.

I can't tell from the photo.



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bpaquette Bob Paquette
Grand Prairie, TX, USA   USA
1969 MG MGB
I wonder why the ad shows LHD for Japan. They drive in the right over there.

Cheers,

Bob

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raccoonman Curt Lee
North Charleston, South Carolina, USA   USA
blurry Rostyles x2. LHD? not sure why they'd do that, except to emulate US drivers? long hair and aviator sunglasses, too...

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DrewM Silver Member Drew Maddock
74 MGB roadster, Southern California, USA   USA
Pretty sure those are blurry Rostyle wheels turning. The driver is the oh so cool Caucasian American option much sought after by Japanese buyers, hence they show left-hand drive. Of course, any car you bought in Japan would be British style right-hand drive. Must have been the only photo available.



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Benny Ben E
San Diego, CA, USA   USA
I thought this was going to be an ad for a Datsun roadster winking smiley

I agree, the wheels look like Rostyles with beauty rings.

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mg-baka MG Baka
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan   JPN
sorry double post!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-10-12 01:41 AM by mg-baka.

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mg-baka MG Baka
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan   JPN
Hi there,

the 1978 - 1980 official series (from Abingdon as JPN - model) for Japan was LHD!
California model emission control with Km Speedmeter!
this is a JPN model, Km speedmeter, red marking from 100Km/h on, Japan has a speedlimit of 100Km/h.
Handle is aftermarket.

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p573627701

around 1500(?) cars were produced. (Clausager)
A LHD car in an otherwise RHD market is something special to own! Japanese see less problems with it than European or American car buyers.
Many Importcars here are sold in RHD as well as in LHD, like Mercedes, Porsche, Jaguar, Morgan, TVR, Lotus ect.
Easier to understand for the neighbor, I am having a fancy importcar, even if the neighbor don t recognise the brand of it!

MGBs before the official Japan series were imported in RHD and LHD from 1963, but not as a official JPN model from the Abingdon factory.

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/p573627701

This is an about march 1974 model, first registered in 8/75. LHD and with the Japanese Importers batch in the engine bay.
Very rare car! Not many MGBs were officially imported before the official 77 - 80 JPN model (factory model)

http://www.goo-net-exchange.com/php/search/summary.php

Greetings from Tokyo

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spikemichael Platinum Member Michael Caputo
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Teh wheels look pretty crisp for moving so I say no they are not rostyles.

Whether they are or not I think a static hub looking like that would be beautiful.



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mg-baka MG Baka
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan   JPN
Hi,

They are Rostyle weels with chrome rings!

I have the same japanese MGB add, other pics on this add showing a parking car where you can see the Rostyles, and one MGB with a Louis Vuitton bag (a must have accessory in Japan ) in it. ;-)

here s another one with a MGB
https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/t513900684

greetings



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mg-baka MG Baka
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan   JPN
hi,
I ve to say sorry, I was wrong! It isn t the Japanese add with several pages from British leyland ...!
As I remember this picture is also in the official Leyland add.
Have to search where I have that ...

It is an add from the back of this japanese book,
"The british lightweight sports 1978"
MG vs TR

There is also a page about alternative wheels for the MGB in Japan.

greetings

Sorry, pics are up side down, dunno how to change it?!



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Chalky David White
Coventry, Warwickshire, UK   GBR
In reply to # 2364592 by bpaquette I wonder why the ad shows LHD for Japan. They drive in the right over there.

Cheers,

Bob

Japan is a RHD market however LHD cars are seen as imported / different from the rest of the market and thus command a premium price. It's well known for companies that manufacture in RHD markets to manufacture their Japanese market cars as LHD for that reason.

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Ahmed Silver Member Ahmed EL Abasiry
Chestermere, Alberta, Canada   CAN
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In reply to # 3608578 by mg-baka
It is an add from the back of this japanese book,
"The british lightweight sports 1978"
MG vs TR

There is also a page about alternative wheels for the MGB in Japan.

greetings

Sorry, pics are up side down, dunno how to change it?!

Thanks very much "MG Baka" for posting and sharing thumbs up
The global presence of these cars is amazing, as well as the owners enthusiasm from all nationalities and all walks of life.. Impressive!



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