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MG (Morris Garages) Motor Cars Through the Years

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A Pictorial Glimpse at MG Motor Cars Through the Years

Morris Garages (MG Cars) is a previous British sports car maker established in 1924, the founder of the MG brand. In May 2000, The MG brand, alongside the Rover brand to the MG Rover group, when BMW 'broke up' the Rover Group. This course of action saw the return of MG identifications on sportier Rover-based autos, and a revised MG TF, announced in 2002. Although, all production stopped in April 2005 when MG Rover went into bankruptcy.

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MG Rover assets were purchased by Chinese carmaker Nanjing Automobile in July 2005 themselves' were acquired by SAIC Motor in 2007, and in early 2009 NAC MG UK Limited was renamed MG Motor UK Limited.

MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor) is a British automotive company headquartered in Longbridge, Birmingham, United Kingdom, and a subsidiary of SAIC Motor UK, which in turn is owned by the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor. MG Motor designs, develops and markets cars sold under the MG marque. MG Motor is the largest importer of Chinese made cars into the United Kingdom. The marque returned to competitive motorsport in 2012, and won the 2014 British Touring Car Manufacturers Championship.

The 1924 MG 14/28 was the fist model which comprised of a new sporting body mounted on on a Morris Oxford chassis. This model was produced through several redesigns to the Morris. The first auto which can be depicted as a new MG, as opposed to an altered Morris was the 1928 MG 18/80 which had its own designed chassis and the first typical vertical MG grille. In 1929, a smaller auto was produced being the first of a long line of Midgets beginning with the M-Type based upon a 1928 Morris Minor chassis.

In 1936, MG presented the TA which was fitted in both the front and rear with hydraulic shock absorbers. Synchromesh was added to the second through fourth gear, and the hydraulic brakes were added to enhance stopping power 

MG made a name for itself during the early days of global car racing. Starting before and proceeding after World War II, MG created a line of autos known as the T-Series Midgets which, were exported around the world, with greater success than anticipated. Included were the MG TC, MG TD, and MG TF, models all of which were based upon the pre-war MG TB, and redesigned with each successive version.

MG discontinued its Y-Type cantinas and pre-war designs and in 1955 released the MGA. The MGB was announced in 1962 to fulfill demand for a more comfortable and modern sports car. The fixed head coupe (FHC) followed the MGB GT in 1955. With continual redesigns, for the most part to comply with progressively stringent United States safety and emissions standards, the MGB was manufactured until 1980. From 1967 to 1969 a fleeting model called the MGC was built. The MGC was based on the MGB body, although with a larger and, heavier six-cylinder motor, and worse handling to some degree. In 1961, MG began manufacturing the MG Midget. The Midget was a re-badged and marginally restyled second-generation Austin-Healey Sprite. The 1974 MGB was the last model produced with chrome bumpers. The 1974½ featured black rubber bumpers that some asserted ruined the lines of the car, all over new United States safety regulations;

In 1973, the MGB GT V8 was released with the ex-Buick Rover V8 engine and was manufactured until 1976. Likewise with the MGB, the Midget design was as often changed until the Abingdon factory shut down in October 1980 and the remainder of the line was made. The badge was additionally applied to renditions of BMC cantinas including the BMC ADO16, which was produced as a Riley, yet with the MG pitched as somewhat more "sporty".

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MG 14/28

1924 MG 14/28 The MG 14/28 Super Sports is a sports car that was launched in 1924. It was the second line of cars produced by W R Morris's MG company. The first line of cars were 1548cc Morris Oxfords fitted with a two-seater body supplied by Charles Raworth & Sons of Oxford. They were built at first in small premises in Alfred Lane, Oxford.

MG T Type

The MG T series is a range of body-on-frame open two-seater sports cars with very little weather protection that were produced by MG from 1936 to 1955. The series included the MG TA, MG TB, MG TC, MG TD, and MG TF Midget models. The last of these models, the TF, was replaced by the MGA. The TF name was reinstated in 2002 on the mid-engined MG TF sports car.

MG TA (1936-1955)

1936 MG TA 1936 MG WA 1947 MG Y Type The TA Midget replaced the PB in 1936. It was an evolution of the previous car and was 3 inches  wider in its track at 45 inches and 7 inches longer in its wheelbase at 94 inches

MG TC (1945-1950)

1948 MG TC, MG RED WITH BISCUIT LEATHER INTERIOR, TAN CANVAS TOP & SIDE CURTAINS, LUCAS 'CATS-EYE' HEADLAMPS, FOG LAMP The TC Midget was the first postwar MG, and was launched in 1945. The TC is quite accurately well known as the (specific) car that caused the Sport Car "craze" in America. It was quite similar to the pre-war TB, sharing the same 1,250 cc (76 cu in) pushrod-OHV engine with a slightly higher compression ratio of 7.4:1 giving 54.5 bhp (40.6 kW) at 5200 rpm.

MG TD (1950-1953)

1950 MG TD  76.3 c.i.d. inline 4 cylinder engine pumped out 54hp. The car weighed in at 2065 pounds. The 1950 TD Midget announced in January 1950 combined the TC's drive train, a modified hypoid-geared rear axle, the MG Y-type chassis, a familiar T-type style body and independent suspension on front axle using coil springs from the MG Y-type saloon.

MGA (1955-1962)

The 1961 MGA 1600 used the 1588cc engine block from the Twin Cam. The MGA is a sports car that was produced by MG from 1955 to 1962. The MGA replaced the MG TF 1500 Midget and represented a complete styling break from MG's earlier sports cars. Announced on 26 September 1955 the car was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A total of 101,081 units were sold through the end of production in July 1962, the vast majority of which were exported. Only 5869 cars were sold on the home market, the lowest percentage of any British car. It was replaced by the MGB.

MG MGB (1962-1980)

1973 MGB GT V8 1974 MGB Roadster 1980 MGB The MGB is a two-door sports car manufactured and marketed by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), later the Austin-Morris division of British Leyland, as a four-cylinder, soft-top roadster from 1962 until 1980. Its details were first published on 19 September 1962. Variants include the MGB GT three-door 2+2 coupé (1965–1980), the six-cylinder roadster and coupé MGC (1967–69), and the eight-cylinder 2+2 coupé, the MGB GT V8 (1973–76).

MG Midget (1961-1979)

1973 MG Midget The MG Midget is a small two-seater sports car produced by MG from 1961 to 1979. It revived a name that had been used on earlier models such as the MG M-type, MG D-type, MG J-type and MG T-type.


1990 MGF 2000 MG TF The MG F and MG TF are mid-engined, rear wheel drive roadster cars that were sold under the MG marque by three manufacturers between 1995 and 2011. The MG F was the first new model designed as an MG since the MGB that was produced from 1962 to 1980, the marque spent the 1980s being used to denote performance models from then parent Austin Rover Group, and was briefly seen on the MG RV8, a limited edition re-launch of the MG MGB which was sold between 1993 and 1995.

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2019 MG3 The MG 3 is a subcompact car produced by the Chinese automotive giant SAIC. The first generation, marketed as the MG 3 SW, is based on the British made Rover Streetwise, which itself was based on the Rover 25, while the second generation, introduced in 2011 is marketed simply as the MG 3. It is the most popular Chinese manufactured car currently on sale in the United Kingdom.


2012 MG 350 The MG GT is a small sedan, also known as the New MG 5 in some markets, officially debuted in a box on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show. The MG GT uses the same platform as the earlier MG 5 and subsequently the Roewe 350. Power is provided by 2 different engines: A 1.5L petrol engine producing 105PS & a Turbocharged 1.5L petrol engine producing 130PS.


MG GS SUV (2015-present)

2015 MG GS The MG GS is MG's first production SUV launched in 2015, with sales in the UK commencing in June 2016. The MG GS features front wheel drive and all wheel drive variants. The MG GS starts at £14,995, with a 1.5 litre turbo gasoline engine delivering 166 PS and 250NM Torque. The top of the range model also comes with the option of a 7 speed automatic transmission.

MG ZS (2017-present)

2018 MG ZS The MG ZS is a sports utility vehicle (SUV) produced by the Chinese owned, British automotive marque MG Motor. The MG ZS is the second SUV to be produced by MG Motor, the first being the larger MG GS, which was launched in April 2015. The MG ZS notably revives the name previously used on the MG ZS saloon, which was based on the Rover 45, and was produced by MG Motor's predecessors MG Rover from 2001 to 2005.

MG HS (2018-present)

2018 MG HS The MG HS is a compact crossover manufactured by Chinese manufacturer SAIC group under the MG Motor brand. The MG HS is the production version of the MG X-motion concept. It debuted at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, alongside the Roewe Marvel X

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