MG (Morris Garage) was set up by William Morris in the year 1923 to market a more sporty line of Morris models. Morris Production Manager, Cecil Kimber, was transferred from the factory in Cowley to Morris Garages (in Abington) to design MG's using Morris parts. MG production in Abingdon started in the year 1924. At the end of the 1930s, even normal passenger cars were introduced under the MG label. The business flourished when in 1945, just after World War II, the sporty prewar MG TB and its successor the TC stole the hearts of the American soldiers. Numerous MGs were shipped to America where this type of motorcar was yet unknown.
Demand for the MG sports cars quickly rose in America, and most of the MGs were sold across the big pond in the years that followed. MGs were simple and well-built, affordable and easy to maintain. In 1952, Austin Motor Corporation merged with Morris Motors to form British Motor Corporation Ltd*. In 1955, the pre-war TB and the post-war TC, TD and TF series with their pre-war designs were followed by the MG A roadster, which also became available as coupes after 1956. In 1962, the successful MG A was followed by the even more successful and austerely but elegantly lined MG B. This series, too, mainly found its way to America. The MG B was available as roadster and as a 2+2 coupe, called the ‘GT’.
As British Motor had stopped the production of the Austin Healey, there was again the need for a six-cylinder sports car from this stable, which made the MG C see the light of day in 1967. It was an MG B with a six-cylinder engine. However, this car failed to live up to expectations as its road-holding and character were not of Healey’s caliber. Eventually, Healey’s successor was to come from the newly merged British Leyland* stable in 1968, and was called the Triumph TR6. In 1973, a V8 variant of the MG B came onto the market: the MGB V8. This model had a powerful Rover 3.5 litre V8 motor and was to be built until 1976.
The MG B roadster and the GT were sold until 1980, and, under pressure from American legislation, were adapted with safety-enhancing and emission-reducing conversions during their last five production years. The resultant thick rubber bumpers and less powerful engines made these cars much less attractive. Meanwhile, Japan produced the Datsun 240 Z, and put an end to the British sports car hegemony in America. In 1980, it was curtains for MG B. In the years after, some Austins did appear, ‘dressed up’ as MGs but we’d rather forget about them. Finally, in the 1990s, a worthy successor emerged in the form of the MG F, which is available to this day.
In the year 2001 BMW decided to get rid of Rover because they were losing lots of money because the British pound was too expensive as was manufacturing cars in England. A group of investors bought Rover. They took over the entire model line and were able to work out the last details on the Rover 75 Tourer and market it. Next idea was to give MG a true rebirth; various Rover models were technically re-engineered, tuned and spiced up to make thru drivers cars of them, a sporty line of cars alongside the Rover middle-class luxury line. Looking at the Rover/ MG cars and reading about them in the press we can tell that we have high expectations of the MG models to appear in the future.
Bron: Marc Vorgers CCG
MG pre 1945
1932 - 1934 MG J2 midget
1934 - 1936 MG PA
1935 - 1936 MG PB
1936 - 1939 MG TA Tickford
1937 - 1939 MG SA Saloon
1937 - 1939 MG VA Saloon
1937 - 1939 MG SA Tickford DHC
1939 - 1939 MG TB
MG TC - MG TD - MG TF
1945 - 1949 MG TC
1949 - 1953 MG TD
1953 - 1954 MG TF 1250 MKI
1954 - 1955 MG TF 1500
MGA 1500 roadster - MGA 1500 Coupe
MGA 1600 roadster- MGA 1600 coupe
MGA 1600 MKII roadster - MGA 1600 MKII coupe
MGA Twin Cam roadster - MGA Twin Cam coupe
MGB roadster 1800 chrome bumpers (1962 till 1974)
MGB GT 1800 chrome bumpers
MGB V8 chrome bumpers
MGB roadster 1800 rubber bumper (1974 till 1980)
MGB GT 1800 rubber bumper
MGB V8 rubber bumper
The following cars are for sale, expected or sold
Please contact us when you want more information or when you want to sell your MG