Don Hayter's MGB Story: The birth of the MGB in MG's Abingdon Design & Development Office

Don Hayter's MGB Story: The birth of the MGB in MG's Abingdon Design & Development Office

by Don Hayter


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845844608
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Series: Those were the days... Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Don Hayter was educated at Abingdon School, Oxford, winning the Bennett Scholarship to Pembroke College. With the outbreak of WWII he decided to take an apprenticeship in aircraft design at the Pressed Steel Company, Cowley. Attending Oxford Technical College, and attaining a Higher National Certificate in Metallurgy and Engineering, he worked at various aircraft manufacturers, before moving into the car industry after the war. Working on many cars, including the MG Magnette, in 1954 he moved to Aston Martin, working on the design for the DB2/4 and the Lagonda, before moving back to MG's Design Design & Development department. Promoted to Chief Design & Development Engineer in 1973, he was responsible for the design of the MGB body, and stayed with MG until the closure of its factory in 1980. Don remains passionately enthusiastic about this iconic car, and still runs one himself today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4

Foreword 4

A personal Introduction 5

Early days & prototypes 6

The Riley part of MG & Riley at Abingdon 12

The MGA 14

Record-breakers 21

Out to play - rally stories 29

Evolution or revolution? 36

Safety legislation 42

MG 'B' notes 54

The Austin Healey Sprite & MG Midget 66

Sprite & Midget notes 71

Big Healeys 74

MGC - ADO 52 75

MGC V8 79

ADO 21 81

O Series 84

The beginning of the end 87

Bibliography 90

Index 95

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