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Greatest Hits By MG

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Modern MG is struggling to live up to its illustrious history. However, a crossover displayed at this year's Shanghai motor show, could help to revive the company's fortunes in Europe. Here are its greatest hits of the past.


MG's first car, the 14/28 used a chassis from Morris Oxford, topped with a two seater, racier looking top. It was powered by the 1548cc engine from the Oxford.

MG Magnette

A departure from MG's typical sporty output, the Magnette was a practical and handsome Fifties saloon. Released in ZA form in 1953, it was followed by the more powerful ZB a couple of years later.

MG Midget

A badge engineered version of Austin Healey's Sprite, the two seater Midget roadster is still great fun to drive. It was produced from 1961 to 1980 and, in its original version, was very basic.

MG Maestro Turbo

In the late Eighties, MG was tuning up Austins and donating its badge. The much aligned Austin Maestro benefited hugely from the MG treatment and with a 0-60mph speed of 6.7 seconds, it could challenge the major hot hatches of the time.


After a 15 year break from sports car production, MG returned under BMW's Rover Group ownership to great effect in 1995, with the MGF, a sexy, rear wheel drive roadster. A hotter TF version arrived in 2002. The MGF was a huge hit until the MG Rover Group collapsed in 2005.

MG ZT 260

A badge engineered version of the Rover 75, cash strapped MG made the MG ZT from 2001-2005. In 2003's 260 version, it made a V8, rear wheel drive monster out of Rover's staid, front wheel drive executive saloon.


1955's curvy and stylish MGA showcased a different design language for the brand. By 1962 more than 100,000 units had been sold, the vast majority through export.


The first car to be made by MG when production was resumed after the end of the Second World War, the TC was a huge hit with American GIs and helped the brand to make its name Stateside. From 1945 to 1949, some 10,000 TCs were produced, making it MG's most popular model so far.


MG's first monocoque engineering attempt came to define the British sports car. Production ran from 1962-1980 and the lightweight, two seater convertible remains one of the most popular collectible MGs to this day.


In 1974, MG put a Rover V8 in the usually four cylinder MGB. This two door coupe version was faster than the original but didn't weigh any extra, so performance was superb.

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