MG Enthusiasts Guide

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The Ultimate Guide for MG Enthusiasts

Sophisticated. Stylish. Undeniably British. 

MG, the marque for motoring connoisseurs, holds a special place in the heart of classic car enthusiasts. The moniker ‘MG’ stands for ‘Morris Garages’, a nod to the brand’s humble beginnings as a subsidiary of Morris Motors. From the creation of their first sports car in the 1920s to the iconic MG T and MGB series, MG has always been at the forefront of driving pleasure. 

The ownership of this legendary brand has witnessed several transitions, the most recent being the 2005 acquisition by the Nanjing Automobile Group (NAC). The NAC later merged with the Shanghai Automatic Industry Cooperation (SAIC), who are now best known as the owners of MG Motors Limited.  

Today, SAIC continues to uphold the iconic MG brand name, fostering the same spirit of innovation that has been synonymous with MG cars for over a century. 

Here at Heritage, we’re passionate about classic cars, and MG are responsible for some of the most iconic vehicles ever created. So, join us as we explore the past, present, and future of MG, the quintessential British car brand that continues to captivate hearts and roads alike. 


The history of MG cars

From the brand’s humble origins to their most triumphant milestones, here are some of MG’s most memorable moments – and our favourite iconic classic MG models. 

The journey begins in 1924. Explore our brief history of MG with our timeline of the automaker’s most significant moments.

1924: The founding of MG

Cecil Kimber, a visionary with a passion for creating distinctive sports cars, founded Morris Garages in 1924. What started as a project of modifying Morris cars in a humble Oxfordshire garage, soon evolved into a full-fledged brand. 

1924-5: A new dawn for motoring

The 14/28, released in 1924, was MG’s maiden model, marking the brand’s foray into the world of automotive innovation. This was followed by their first sports car, known as ‘The Old Number One, in 1925. 

Cecil Kimber at ‘The Old Number One’ in 1925. Image © MGMotor.me
1930: The MG Car Club launches

The MG Car Club was established in 1930, solidifying the bond between MG enthusiasts around the world. What started with 30 MG car owners, now boasts 55,000 members worldwide.


MG 14/40. Photo by Andrew Harker.

1930s: The era of expansion

The 1930s saw a plethora of innovative models from MG. These included the 14/40, which was the first model to feature the MG octagon badge; the Magnette, the first car to feature a six-cylinder engine; and the TA Midget, the first car in MG’s T-Series sports cars. 

1933: Victory on the racetrack

The MG K3 Magnette became the first non-Italian car to win in its class at the prestigious Mille Miglia race in Italy, placing MG firmly on the global motorsport map. 

MG K3 Magnette won the 1100cc class in the Millie Miglia. Image © Maximum Acceleration.
1950s: The evolution continues

MG’s lineage of exceptional sports cars continued into the 1950s, with the MG TF and MGA models, known for their superior design and nimble driving performance. 

1950 also marked the first year MG Live! took place at Silverstone. Fast forward to 2023 and the annual event is still going. 

1960s MG MGB roadster. Image © ClassicarGarage.nl, Photo by Marc Vorgers.

1960s: The iconic decade

The 1960s marked the debut of the classic Midget and its equally iconic counterpart the MGB. While the Midget took to the tracks at various motorsports races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the MGB became the “best-selling MG of all the time”. These classic MG models are cherished by car lovers to this day for their unique style. 

This decade also saw the launch of British Leyland in 1968, the result of a merger between BMC (the largest MG shareholder) and Leyland Motors. As well as owning MG, the company also owned Jaguar and Rover. 

1970s-80s: Innovation amidst challenges

The 70s and 80s were challenging times for MG. British Leyland ran into financial difficulties in the early 70s which led to the government taking the company over. This was followed by more unrest such as strikes, quality control issues, and the closure of their plant at Abington.  

Despite this, MG pushed forward, introducing models like the MGB GT V8 in 1973. Incorporating more power into their classic MGB design, this version used a 3.5 litre Rover V8 engine. 

1990s: The revival

The 1990s marked a significant revival for the brand with the launch of the MG F in 1995. This mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive roadster captured the imagination of a new generation of sports car enthusiasts and went on to become one of the best-selling sports cars of the decade. 

MG F, 1995. Image © Haymarket Automotive / Classic & Sports Car
2000s: A new millennium

Entering the new millennium, MG launched a slew of high-performance models, including the MG TF, ZR, ZS, and ZT. These cars combined MG’s classic sporting heritage with contemporary design and technology, strengthening the brand’s position in the market. 

2005: Fresh investment

The acquisition of MG by NAC/SAIC in 2005 marked a turning point in MG’s history. Fresh investment and new technologies paved the way for a renaissance of this classic marque. 

MG 3 (left) and MG 6 (right). Image © Drive.com

2010s: A new era

The 2010s saw MG embracing a new era with the launch of models like the MG 3 and MG 6. These cars incorporated modern design cues and cutting-edge technology, reflecting the brand’s commitment to innovation while staying true to its heritage. 

2012: The return to Britain

In 2012, MG returned to the British Touring Car Championships. This was significant given the brand had been taken over by a Chinese company. It showed MG would still stay true to its British roots. And it was a success with Jason Plato driving the MG6 GT into third place.  

2020s: Electrification and beyond

The 2020s brought a new focus on sustainable motoring with the dawn of the electric revolution. The brand introduced the ZS EV, its first all-electric SUV, followed by the MG5 EV and MG HS Plug-in hybrid. 

MG ZS EV. Image © MG Motor UK.

MG's worldwide production

The production of MG cars has evolved in tandem with changes in ownership and the progression of the global automotive industry. While the MG Motor UK company headquarters are in London, the manufacturing of these iconic vehicles now stretches across the globe.

Where are MG cars made?

This global expansion was all part of SAIC’s plan to revitalise the MG car brand. Initially, they established production facilities in China, a significant shift from MG’s all-British production. Later, SAIC and MG formed manufacturing partnerships across several countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Pakistan. These collaborations have allowed MG to increase production and meet international demand while also tailoring specific models to regional markets.  

Are MGs still reliable cars?

Regardless of where MG cars are made, one thing you can be certain of is their reliability. The brand’s commitment to quality, its adherence to international standards, and reputation for durability all reinforce MG’s credibility in the global automotive market.  

In terms of real-world data, according to the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, MG was ranked among the top 10 most reliable car brands in the UK. This positive rating is based on feedback from car owners, reflecting the day-to-day experience of driving and owning an MG. 

So, while the MG cars seen on the streets of Sydney, London, or Islamabad might hail from different corners of the world, they all carry the same spirit of the classic British marque. 

Four fascinating facts about MG

Even the most astute MG car fans might be surprised at some of these facts. How many did you already know? 

1. The birth of a name

When you hear “MG”, you automatically think “Morris Garages. Yet, the initials may hold a deeper meaning than just representing the brand’s place of origin. Some say the letters are also a testament to MG’s commitment to provide “Motoring’s Great” experiences, though no official source has ever confirmed as such.  Image © MG Motor UK.

 2. The MGs can retain their value

Classic MG models, like the Midget, are not only known for their charm and performance, but they also tend to hold their value well. These iconic classics are highly sought after by car enthusiasts and collectors, which helps to maintain their value over time. Investing in a classic MG is not just about the joy of ownership but can also be a savvy move for the appreciative car collector. 

3. Racing at heart

MG’s rich history in motorsports is a well-known fact, but did you know that their racing roots began nearly as soon as the company was established? Within just a year of producing their first car, an MG was entered in the prestigious Land’s End Trial in 1925, setting the pace for the brand’s racing legacy. Image © MGMotor.me

5. The royal connection

One might not expect to find an MG in a royal garage but, believe it or not, King Charles once owned an MG. For over 30 years he drove a mineral blue coloured MGC GT, before passing it on to Prince William. Image © Motaclan.

The MG car club community

One of the best parts of owning an MG car is the vibrant community that comes with it. Whether you’re an MG owner or enthusiast, there are countless ways to connect with like-minded people, be it through car clubs or events.  

1. MG Car Club

These clubs bring together MG lovers from all walks of life, offering opportunities for members to share knowledge, engage in discussions, attend social events, and even participate in competitions.  

One of the largest and oldest such organisations is the MG Car Club. Established in 1930 by the MG factory itself, the club has grown over the years and now boasts many members worldwide – estimated to be 55,000.

2. MG Owners Club

The MG Owners Club is another large and well-known organization. Established in 1973, the club is dedicated to the preservation and use of MGs from all eras but has an “emphasis on 1950s models through to the present day”.

3. MG car community events

From casual meetups and social gatherings to competitive rallies and car shows, there’s a whole host of events for MG car enthusiasts. Highlights include: 

  • MG Live!: This is one of the largest MG events globally, held annually at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. It’s organised by the MG Car Club and includes races, an autojumble (second-hand car parts sale), a Concours d’Elegance, and even the chance to drive your own MG around the Silverstone Circuit. 
  • The MG Car Club’s Annual General Meeting: An important event where club policy is decided, and club officers are elected. It’s a great chance for members to have their say in the club’s operation. 
  • MG Owners’ Club Kimber Run: Named after Cecil Kimber, the founder of MG, this event is an annual tour open to all MG models. The route varies each year, providing members with a fantastic opportunity to explore different landscapes. 
  • MG Car Club Race Meets: Organised by the MG Car Club, these series of races take place at various famous circuits throughout the UK, providing thrilling action for competitors and spectators alike. 
  • The MG Show & Spares Day at Stoneleigh: This is a grand event for all MG enthusiasts to buy and sell cars, parts, and memorabilia. 

Are you the proud owner of a classic MG?

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