MG B

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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 GT.

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MG A

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.

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MG TC Midget

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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 new export markets.

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MGF

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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.

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MG RV8 – 1993

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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 Rover V8 engine, added a limited-slip differential and designated the old-new model as the MG RV8. Continue reading “MG RV8 – 1993”

MGC – 1967

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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 was intended as a replacement for parent company BMC’s Austin-Healey 3000, which was discontinued in 1967.

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MGB – 1962

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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 million MGBs (and derivatives) would be manufactured, making it the best-selling British sports car of all time.

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MG MGA – 1955

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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) been evolved over four years from a prototype shell based on the ‘TD’ series, and progressively refined.

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MG TD – 1950

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The traditions that dominate the evolution of MG sports cars include the company’s reluctance to introduce radically new styling while its existing models still have a steady market. All kinds of technological developments might take place under the hood or in and around the chassis, but visible changes suggest annual tweaking rituals rather than re-styling ambition. MG’s ‘T’ series was introduced in 1936.

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MG TA – 1936

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Morris Garages were the car dealers in Oxford who customized existing cars, then began producing their own vehicles in the mid-1920s. This led to the establishment of the MG company in 1928 after successive moves to larger premises, culminating in the takeover of an old leather factory at Abingdon where MG remained until production controversially ceased in 1980.

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