History of Smiths Gauges for the MGB 1966 to 1967

History of Smiths Gauges for the MGB 1966 to 67

In 1966, Smiths Instruments began supplying speedometers, tachometers and other gauges for the MG Sports Car.  At the time, the MG was manufactured and marketed by the British Motor Corporation (BMC). 

MG (Morris Garage) was founded in the UK in 1924 by W R Morris.  In 1952, MG was merged with Austin in the British Motor Corporation (BMC). With the creation of British Leyland Motor Corporation in 1968, MG changed ownership, ultimately becoming part of the MG Rover Group in 2000. Sadly, the group went into receivership in 2005 and the MG brand was then purchased by Nanjing Automobile Group.  

The 'MG' brand was best known as a two-seater sports car with both a hard and soft top.  Famous owners included Prince Charles and even actress Sharon Stone.

Between 1966 and 1967, Smiths Instruments featured in the dashboards of the MGB GT, MGB Roadster and the MGB Grand Tourer.

The Roadster was the first in the MGB range and had been in manufacture since 1962.  In 1965, MG launched the fixed-roof MGB GT and was one of the first sports cars to have a sporty 'hatchback' style.

The MGB dashboard featured a range of gauges designed and manufactured by Smiths including:

  • Speedometer;
  • Tachometer;
  • Temperature gauge;
  • Fuel gauge;
  • Oil gauge;

The Oil Gauge was rectangular in shape rather than the more traditional circular.

CAI still manufacture and supply MG gauges in the UK today using the original Smiths tooling.

For more information on Smiths gauges for the MG or for any other classic sports car, please contact us on:

Phone:  +44 1639 732200

Email: [email protected]

Via the website


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