Most enthusiasts, no matter their mettle, appreciate a good hardtop and the MGB Bermuda Hardtop is no exception. When our British sports cars were sold new there was an entire industry built around developing and marketing accessories for their customization. As expected, products for the MGB were profligate and several companies were formed to take advantage of this burgeoning marketplace. Look at the back section of any Road & Track magazine from the period and there are countless advertisements for products to make your MG, Austin-Healey or Triumph look, handle or perform better.
One of the most sought after of these aftermarket products were manufactured by Classic Motor Crafts in the United Kingdom and sought to supplement the existing factory hardtop with a unique replacement that offered a far more spacious feel than the OEM piece. Christened the MGB Bermuda Hardtop these fiberglass tops are easily recognized by their easily identifiable window arrangement with both roof and quarter panels. The Bermuda hardtop was just one of several that were offered by a cottage industry of top manufacturers, most located in England or Southern California where the ability to form fiberglass with quality results was taking hold.
Unfortunately, most have been lost to time and finding one in good condition today takes equal parts of luck and patience. The top featured here was photographed on a well restored MGB Bermuda located at The British Connection in Bellflower, California. More common in the United Kingdom than in the United States, they are a worthy addition to the classic lines of the iconic B.
By Johnny Oversteer