Widely admired for its uncomplicated nature, timeless good looks, and brisk performance, the MGB caused a sensation back in 1962. The now famous advertising slogan “Your mother wouldn’t like it” was quite wrong. She would have wholeheartedly approved of the MGB’s reliability, practicality, and good sense. In 1965 came the even more practical tin-top MGB … [Read more…]


Launched in September 1955, the MGA was the first of the modern sports MGs. The chassis, engine, and gearbox were all new, as was the smooth, Le Mans-inspired bodywork. Compared to its predecessor—the TF, which still sported old-fashioned running boards—the MGA was positively futuristic.

MG TC Midget


Even when it was new, the MG TC was not new. Introduced in September 1945, it displayed a direct lineage back to its prewar forbears. If you were a little short on soul, you might even have called it old fashioned. Yet it was a trailblazer, not in terms of performance, but in opening up … [Read more…]



The first new MG since the MGB in 1962 arrived in 1995 as something altogether different — a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive roadster that was launched by the Rover Group following BMW’s takeover. There were two variations of the Mk I, each with a 16-valve 1.8 litre K-series engine.

MG RV8 – 1993


This was an overdue revival, for the last MGBs had been built in 1980. But when the Rover Group noted the growing popularity of small roadsters in the early 1990s — following the lead set by the Mazda MX-5 — the company created an updated version of the MGB roadster, fitted the big 4 litre … [Read more…]

MG Maestro Turbo – 1988


Always rare, the MG Maestro Turbo remains largely unknown even among MG owners. Unveiled without fuss at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show, it was Austin-Rover’s superficially dignified response (they could afford dignity — they knew what they had created) to doubts that they could compete with the growing number of high-performance 16-valve hot hatches in … [Read more…]

MGC – 1967

MGC - 1967

Mechanically speaking, the MGC’s biography is not really so very different from the heart-warming MGB story, for the two models appear to be identical. But that superficial likeness conceals considerable differences. Produced for just three years (1967 to 1969), the MGC was more than a performance-enhanced MGB fitted with a 2.9 litre straight six. It … [Read more…]

MGB – 1962

MGB - 1962

The rather voluptuous lines of the MGA were starting to look dated as the Swinging Sixties dawned, but the British Motor Corporation was ready with one of its few great success stories – the MGB. This brilliant sports car with its clean lines would be around for nearly twenty years and well over half a … [Read more…]

MG MGA – 1955

MG MGA - 1955

After 20 years of the highly traditional T series sports car, MG appeared to break with its usual modus operandi’. The MGA came to its public as an unknown Adonis, the first MG with a full-width body and streamlined curves. In fact, though the styling was indeed radically new, it had (as always with MG) … [Read more…]