THAT’S WHY WE BUILD OUR CARS THIS WAY – NOT AS A SOLID, ONE PIECE BEAM”
Ever make the mistake of taking what you thought was a shortcut? You chose a road that looked quicker on the map. But you were soon jolted into admitting your error. You had to fight to keep control as your car bottomed and bounced at every rut and bump.
That’s because most cars are designed to provide a “boulevard ride.” Provided you stay on boulevards and turnpikes.
Try that same shortcut with a Mercedes-Benz. You’ll appreciate the feeling of control when you slam into that first unexpected chuckhole. And you’ll notice less pitching and bouncing over bumps and railroad crossings. Even washboard surfaces and cobblestones won’t produce that skitterish, you’re-about-to-lose-it feeling.
Independent rear suspension
Our secret: An articulated rear axle. A sophisticated and tough combination of shafts and joints that allow each rear wheel to move up and down independently of the other. Just as the front wheels do. To give you a smooth ride without compromising road-holding.
But the advantages of independent rear suspension aren’t limited to rough going. On a turnpike the benefits are more subtle, but perhaps even more important.
Tracks like an arrow
When you aim a Mercedes-Benz down an expressway, you’ll find it tracks like and arrow, without those tiny steering corrections you used to make for “road wander.”
Slap it over tar strips. The suspension soaks them up with firm control. Not four or five reverberations.
And if you’ve ever been lulled by high-speed expressway driving into taking an exit just a bit too fast, you’ll appreciate the adhesive cornering power of Mercedes-Benz’s independent suspension. It gives you an extra margin of control that somehow keeps your palms a little drier and your brake foot a little less itchy.
Disc brakes on all four wheels
Automotive editors and engineers agree that disc brakes are superior to common drum brakes. So when it comes to brakes, our philosophy is simple. Use disc brakes. Not just on the front wheels. Not as optional extras. Use them on all four wheels. Offer no options.
The four disc brakes on a Mercedes-Benz will help you stop surer, smoother and reduce the chances of fade and lockup.
How to judge a car
Before you judge the character of a car, you should view it as a totality. Somewhat the way you judge the character of a person. So here are a few more points to help you judge a Mercedes-Benz.
1. Our overhead-camshaft engines are precisely machined, balanced and bench tested to withstand the rigors of Germany’s autobahns. At American speed limits, a Mercedes-Benz is literally loafing.
2. Subtle characteristics of tires have profound effects on the overall performance of a car. Tires used on our cars are tuned to the movements of our suspension, so they’ll work as integral parts of the total system.
3. All the engineering and automotive theory in the world isn’t going to build a great car. The actual building is up to the craftsmen in the factory.
THE SPORTS CAR AMERICA LOVED FIRST.
Right hand drive, sweeping fenders, folding windscreen, cut-down doors and 19-inch wire wheels.
Room enough for two and fun enough to breed a generation of sports car enthusiasts.
That was the MG-TC. Behind its wheel thousands of Americans first discovered the joy of downshifting through a curve and the quickness of sports car handling.
Today that car has evolved to the MGB. Still pure sports car. Still most at home on twisting ribbons of almost forgotten scenic route where cars go to be driven, not scorched off the line in a brute display of acceleration.
As Motor Trend reported –
“You can find them any day on any piece of twisting pike...leaving the bigger “now” cars in their wake.”
Yet today’s MGB is equally at home on six-lane expressway. With direct rack-and-pinion steering, 10.5-inch front disc brakes, race-seasoned suspension, 4-speed close-ratio gearbox and a high performance 1798 c.c. overhead valve engine – all the world is its road.
Even in the fierce competitive world of racing, MGB excels in its class. It’s the reigning SCCA National Champion in E Production.
MGB also sports reclining bucket seats, full carpeting, leather-wrapped steering wheel, oil cooler and full sports car instrumentation, including tachometer and trip odometer.
What about you? Do you want to discover the sheer joy of sports motoring?
If so, scour the want ads for a vintage MG-TC. Or see an MGB at your MG dealer.
When MG-TC first came to America it was love at first sight.
And judging from the reception given today’s MGB, we haven’t lost our touch.
Because the MGB is still crafted with the same workmanship that has built the MG reputation for tough, reliable, quick-handling sports cars.
In the showroom you can see the results. . . .
On the road, you can feel them.
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And as the road narrows to two lanes and begins twisting through rolling mountain meadows, it won’t be long before you get that feeling that you are part of the car – and it is part of you.
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So see your MG dealer and try your hand at true sports car motoring.
MG. The sports car America loved first.
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