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The history of one of the world's most loved car manufacturers, MG
Many of the most successful motor companies began life in the 1920s; and for the Morris group this is no exception. For so many, the Classic MG has become much more than a badge, and to some, much more than an obsession. The MG marque is a symbol of good looks and charm.
The brainchild of Cecil Kimber, who worked for Morris in the 1920s, MG finally became a full part of Morris motors in 1935. The first model, 1924’s MG 14/28, achieved the dizzying top speed of 65 mph, although due to a heavier chassis and considerable redesigning its successor only managed 60.
These models and the subsequent M class saloons are the epitome of classic cars and commonplace in rallies today, a design which truly marks the heyday of early saloons. Even through the 1940s, MG continued to make the classic pre-war design and it was not until quite late in the 1950s that the MG badge was applied to a more modern classic sports car design.
The MGA roadster was a significant departure for the company and despite lacklustre sales on the domestic market; was the highest selling exported British car of its time. Its younger brother, the MGB, was smaller, lighter and owed much in appearance to Jaguar’s E-type.
The MGB and C produced through the early 60s gradually increased engine power from a four cylinder to a Rover V6 engine. Their compact and graceful design proved popular enough to keep the series in production until 1980.
On the larger side of the market, MG made a successful name with its saloons. These were, as with the sportier models, late developers in terms of design. MG favoured an “if it’s not broken…” policy it would appear, although the saloons were, and still are, much coveted by the public.
Upon release the now appreciated Magnette class, vehicles were received poorly by critics, although perhaps more to do with the name than the car itself. With smoother edges and a sleeker design, the Magnettes were indeed stylish but continued to court controversy through several re-designs. As with the roadsters, the Magnette was to prove more popular abroad than it would at home.
MG was very much a company of mixed fortunes, its sluggish slavery to tradition left it late to the sports arena, and though several world records were broken in the 30s, the MG sports cars were limited to a few stilted attempts at Le Man.
However, the company profile and the build quality left a wanting public. Today the MG owners club has around 35,000 members worldwide and having started in 1930, is one of the oldest owners clubs in existence.
It was perhaps later in the 20th century that MG came into its own, with reissues and a large share of the hatchback market, but the classic MG will always have a fond place in motoring history.