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Old 07-09-2004, 18:49   #1 (permalink)
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Brief history of how the MGs came about.....

Brief History Of MG
In 1922, 33-year-old Cecil Kimber joined Morris Garages as sales manager, to be appointed as general manager in the following year. Kimber had a great interest in body styling and coach building and was also an enthusiastic sports car driver. At the time, the Bullnosed Morris Cowleys and Oxfords were the best-selling cars in Britain, but were undeniably staid. So, it became natural for Kimber to turn his skills to fitting Morris chassis with special bodywork of a more sporting nature.

In 1923, the first special-bodied Morris cars were marketed by Morris Garages, and in March 1924 the first MG car - a four-door saloon body on a Morris Oxford chassis - was advertised. It was followed immediately by the first examples of the MG four-seater Special Sports, also on the Oxford chassis.

For 1925, a range of MG Super Sports models were offered, with two or four seater bodywork, or in 'salonette' form. In the same year the first entirely purpose built MG sports, 'Old No. 1' was made for Cecil Kimber's own use. Kimber entered the car in the 1925 Land's End Trial and won a gold medal.

The period 1930 to 1935 saw the classic MG years, with a great variety of four and six cylinder models being manufactured. Most were sports cars, although a number of pure racing models were also developed and won countless successes on race tracks and road circuits in Britain and abroad. The name MG became synonymous with sports cars and it was in this period that the foundations were made for the lasting fame of the marque.

Until 1935, the MG company had been the sole property of Lord Nuffield. However, in that year he sold the company together with Wolseley and his other interests to Morris Motors Ltd as part of a general rationalisation of the Morris companies, forming the Nuffield Organisation. It was simultaneously announced that MG would withdraw from racing. However, although there were no more MG racing cars, the company entered a new field of achievement with a series of record cars. The first was the EX120, the 'Magic Midget' which George Eyston drove at over 100 mph. This was followed by the EX135, the 'Magic Magnette' which was rebuilt with streamlined bodywork and in the course of its 15 year career, broke numerous records in different capacity classes, using five different engines.

During World War Two, the MG factory turned out a variety of armaments, including tanks and the front section of the Albemarle aircraft.

The first post-war MG car was the TC in 1945. This was the first MG to be exported in significant numbers, including more than 1,800 to the USA alone, which in the following years became MG's most important market. By the end of TC production in 1949, 10,000 cars of this type had been made. There was also the Y-type saloon of 1947, the first MG road car with independent front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. The chassis design of the Y-type formed the basis for the next MG sports car, the TD in 1950. More than 30,000 TDs were made until 1953, with the vast majority being sold in the USA.

MG's general manager, John Thornley (1909-1994) wanted an all-new sports car aimed at the US market. A prototype based on the design of a special TD-based Le Mans racing car of 1951 was developed but was delayed for two years after the Nuffield-Austin merger of 1952, which created the British Motor Corporation. Meanwhile, MG introduced the TF, a short-lived face-lift of the TD, and also the ZA Magnette saloon with unitary body construction and a new BMC 1.5-litre engine.

The all-new sports car finally saw light of day as the MGA in 1955, after three prototypes had run in the Le Mans race. The MGA stayed in production for seven years and was the first MG car to sell more than 100,000, including small numbers of the specialised twin overhead camshaft Twin Cam model.

While MGs were rarely seen in racing, the company continued building record cars, first the EX.179 for Captain George Eyston, and then the EX.181 with a supercharged Twin Cam engine mounted behind the driver in a teardrop-shaped body. With Stirling Moss and later Phil Hill at the wheel, this car took 1.5-litre and 2-litre class records at speeds over 250 miles per hour.

The Abingdon factory also built Riley cars from 1949 to 1957, and in 1958 became the home of BMC's other sports car make, the Austin-Healey. The success of the Austin-Healey Sprite, introduced in 1958, led BMC to offer an MG version of this car, introduced as the new MG Midget in 1961 jointly with the re-styled Sprite Mark II.

Throughout the 1960s, MG offered two saloon models, the 1100 and the Magnette, together with two sports cars, the Midget and the MGB which was introduced as the replacement for the MGA in 1962. With a 1.8-litre engine, unitary construction bodywork and optional overdrive, the MGB became an international best-seller, and in 1965 the original roadster model was supplemented by the handsome GT coupe. Less successful was a six-cylinder derivative, the MGC of 1967-69, of which only 9002 were made.

In 1968 MG, with the rest of BMC, had become a member of the new British Leyland company. While MG saloon cars were being discontinued, the Midget and MGB sports cars reached astounding production figures in the early 1970s, Abingdon turning out more than 50,000 cars per year. In 1973, the MGB GT V8 with the Rover 3.5-litre engine was introduced but did not sell well at the time of the fuel crisis, just under 2,600 cars being built until 1976.

By then the classic MG sports cars had gone into their final versions, the so-called 'rubber bumper' cars being introduced in 1974 in order to meet new US regulations. The Midget became the 1500 model with a Triumph Spitfire engine. It was discontinued in November 1979 after total production of almost 225,000 cars. BL also announced the decision to discontinue the MG sports cars and close the Abingdon factory. The last MGB cars were built in October 1980, with total production of over 512,000 cars.

From 1982 to 1992, the MG marque was kept alive by a variety of sports saloons based on then current Austin models, the Metro, Maestro and Montego, all of which were also available in turbo-charged versions. In 1984, the mid-engined 6R4 rally car with a Rover-based V6 engine and four-wheel drive in a modified Metro bodyshell was built in small numbers but had little chance of making an impact on the international rally scene before regulations were changed to exclude such specialised cars.

The return of the MG sports car was heralded in 1992 by the launch of the MG RV8 which featured a modified MGB roadster bodyshell (from British Motor Heritage) and a 3.9-litre fuel injection Rover V8 engine. With a production run at Cowley of 2,000 cars, this was only intended as a commemorative limited edition while design of the all-new MGF project (code-named PR3) went ahead for launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1995.

At the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, the MG motoring legend was re-born. Announced almost 70 years ago after the launch of the first MG, the new MGF was in the true tradition of the marque – a stylish and reinforced two-seater sports car which carried the famous octagon into the modern era. It was available in two versions, the MGF 1.8i and 1.8i VVC.

The MGF featured modern styling with a sleek, balanced design – which was simple and free from distracting detail. It featured an elegant woven acrylic fabric hood engineered by Pininfarina – which folded up and down in seconds.

In January 2001, MG Rover Group announced the launch of the MG saloon range. The enthusiasm for sporting cars had been latent in the product development areas during the BMW group era and considerable exploratory work had been achieved in this direction. As a result, MG Rover Group was able to announce a wholehearted development of a range of sports saloons under the MG brand.

Heading up the MG saloon range, the MG ZT models bring a new sporting aura to the upper-medium and compact executive car sectors. Four models lead the range, with new 160Ps and 190Ps versions of the 2.5 litre KV6 quad-cam alloy engines, high levels of equipment and a ZT+ specification with prices ranging between £19,835 and £22,695 on the road.

The MG ZS sports saloon has a distinct dynamic character, racetrack looks and powerful engines and is the basis of the company’s entry into the British Touring Car Championship. The MG ZS offers a broad range of model permutations, with four-door saloon and five-door hatchback body styles.

The new MG ZR has an important role as the first rung of the MG brand ladder – marking the welcome return of the MG brand to the supermini, ‘hot hatch’ sector. It offers a broad choice of price and specification, with 3- or 5-door bodies and a total of five engine/transmission permutations, including diesel and ‘Stepspeed’ automatic versions.

At the Brussels motor show in January 2002, MG Rover Group unveiled the new generation MGF, the TF. The new model introduces a new exterior appearance, an all-new suspension design, higher performing engines and a host of new paint, interior trim and optional hood colours. A four-model range provides customers with a spectrum of performance from the 1.6-litre TF115 to the range-topping TF160 with prices ranging between £15,750 and £19,995 on the road.
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rich you sarcastic bugger!! lmao!
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obviously a bit of culture is waisted on him
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I'll read that in work tomorrow when I'm bored...

but thanks Tony..
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Just trying to put something DIFFERENT up on the boards thats all.....
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I appreciate i was just havin a laugh at your expense thats all !! lol :-$ :-$
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I appreciate i was just havin a laugh at your expense thats all !! lol :-$ :-$

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