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MG Cars was a British sports car manufacturer founded in 1924.  Its best known for its two-seat open sports cars, but MG also produced saloons and coupés. More recently, the MG marque has also been used on sportier versions of other models belonging to the parent company.

MG Cars got its name from Morris Garages, a dealer of Morris cars in Oxford which began producing its own customised versions to the designs of Cecil Kimber, who had joined the company as its sales manager in 1921 and was then promoted to general manager in 1922.

There is some debate over when MG started. The company itself stated it to be 1924, although the first cars bore both Morris and MG badges and a reference to MG with the octagon badge appears in an Oxford newspaper from November 1923. Others dispute this and believe that MG only properly began trading in 1925.

The first cars which were rebodied Morris models used coachwork from Carbodies of Coventry and were built in premises in Alfred Lane, Oxford. Demand soon caused a move to larger premises in Bainton Road in September 1925, sharing space with the Morris radiator works. Continuing expansion meant another move in 1927 to a separate factory in Edmund Road, Cowley, Oxford, near the main Morris factory and for the first time it was possible to include a production line. In 1928 the company had become large enough to warrant an identity separate from the original Morris Garages and the M.G. Car Company Limited was established in March of that year and in October for the first time a stand was taken at the London Motor Show. Space again soon ran out and a search for a permanent home led to the lease of part an old leather factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 1929, gradually taking over more space until production ended there in 1980.

The MG marque was in prouction for 56 years. Production of the two-seater sports cars was concentrated at the factory in Abingdon, south of Oxford. The British Motor Corporation (BMC) competition department was also based at the Abingdon plant and produced many winning rally and race cars. In 1980 the Abingdon factory closed and MGB production ceased.

Between 1982 and 1991, MG  was revived on sportier versions of Austin Rover's Metro, Maestro and Montego ranges. After only a year, the MG was revived again, this time on the MG RV8 – an updated MGB Roadster with a Rover V8 engine, which was produced in low volumes.

The "real" revival came in the summer of 1995, when the high volume MG F two-seater roadster was launched. This was an instant hit with buyers, and sold in volumes which had been unthinkable on affordable two-seaters since the 1970s.

The MG marque passed, along with the Rover marque to the MG Rover group in May 2000, when BMW "broke up" the Rover Group. This saw the return of MG badges on sportier Rover-based cars, and a revised MG F model, known as the MG TF that was launched in 2002. However, all production ceased in April 2005 when MG Rover went into administration.

The MG Car Club was founded in 1930 for owners and enthusiasts of MG cars.



Models produced by MG

1100

1100

1962-1968

1300

1300

1967-1973

1300 Mk II

1300 Mk II

1968-1971

14/40

14/40

1924-1928

18/80 Mark I

18/80 Mark I

1928-1931

18/80 Mark II

18/80 Mark II

1928-1932

18/80 Mk III

18/80 Mk III

1930-1931

A

A

1955-1959

A 1600

A 1600

1959-1961

A 1600 Coupe

A 1600 Coupe

1959-1961

A 1600 Mk II

A 1600 Mk II

1961-1962

A Coupe

A Coupe

1956-1959

A Twin-cam

A Twin-cam

1958-1960

B

B

1962-1967

B GT V8

B GT V8

1973-1976

B II

B II

1974-1980

B Mk II

B Mk II

1967-1971

BGT Mk II

BGT Mk II

1967-1971

C

C

1967-1969

C-Type Midget

C-Type Midget

1931-1932

CGT

CGT

1967-1969

D-Type Midget

D-Type Midget

1931-1932

F Magna

F Magna

1931-1932

J1 Midget

J1 Midget

1932-1933

J2 Midget

J2 Midget

1932-1934

J3/J4

J3/J4

1931-1932

K1/K2 Magnette

K1/K2 Magnette

1932-1934

K3 Magnette

K3 Magnette

1932-1934

KN Magnette

KN Magnette

1933-1934

L Magna

L Magna

1933-1934

M-Type

M-Type

1929-1932

Magnette Mk III

Magnette Mk III

1959-1961

Magnette Mk IV

Magnette Mk IV

1961-1968

Magnette ZA

Magnette ZA

1953-1956

Magnette ZB

Magnette ZB

1956-1958

METRO 6R4

METRO 6R4

1984-0

METRO TURBO

METRO TURBO

1983-1989

MG MAESTRO 1600

MG MAESTRO 1600

1983-1984

MG MAESTRO 2.0 EFi

MG MAESTRO 2.0 EFi

1984-1991

MG MAESTRO TURBO

MG MAESTRO TURBO

1989-1991

MG METRO

MG METRO

1982-1990

MG Montego Turbo

MG Montego Turbo

1985-1991

MGF

MGF

1995-0

Midget Mk II

Midget Mk II

1964-1966

Midget Mk III

Midget Mk III

1966-1969

Midget Mk IV

Midget Mk IV

1970-1975

Midget MkI

Midget MkI

1961-1964

N Magnette

N Magnette

1934-1936

NE Magnette

NE Magnette

1934-1934

PA

PA

1934-1935

PB

PB

1935-1936

Q-Type

Q-Type

1934-1934

RV8

RV8

1992-1995

SA

SA

1937-1939

TA

TA

1936-1939

TB

TB

1939-1939

TC

TC

1945-1949

TD

TD

1949-1953

TD Arnolt

TD Arnolt

1952-1953

TD Series II

TD Series II

1952-1953

TF

TF

2004-2004

TF 1250

TF 1250

1953-1954

TF 1500

TF 1500

1954-1955

VA

VA

1937-1939

WA

WA

1938-1939

YA

YA

1947-1951

YB

YB

1951-1953

YT

YT

1948-1950

ZR

ZR

2004-2004

ZS

ZS

2004-2004

ZT 4 Dr Saloon

ZT 4 Dr Saloon

2004-2004

ZT Estate

ZT Estate

2004-2004

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