MG before the war
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This original advert for the very first MG car stressed
As the company became more successful they regularly took out full page adverts in the appropriate magazines
A number of unique cars were bullt. This one was called "Old Speckled Hen" because of the speckled paintwork.
The first MG models were souped-up versions of Morris Oxfords and were known as 14/28s
The cute boat-tailed M type from
The J-type Midget was brought out in 1932 and was more powerful than the M-type
Duration of video: 3 mins. 7 seconds
Company founder, Cecil Kimber, in the
Many of the adverts contained a personal
The speed and performance of the cars was
Victories on race tracks and at time
The single seat MG-R type race cars were a regular
The MG K3 Magnette, launched in 1933, was a more powerful
The MG Tigress from 1930 was a production
Not all the pre-war cars were racy sports cars.
The MG TA was launched in 1936 and evolved
The MG NA from 1934 was one of
The company's most prized asset -"Old Number
The one-off High Speed Service
There are still many pre-war MG cars in existance, with many to be found at exclusive MG shows
An example of a classic MG M type which is still
In took only a few years for MG to go from being a small-scale, specialist, car maker based around Oxford, England, established in the mid 1920s, to become one of the leading sports car manufacturers in the world by the outbreak of the second World War.
The name MG stood for Morris Garages and the company began as a specialist entity of the giant Morris car making operation. The company’s sales manager, Cecil Kimber, had had an interest in motor racing from an early age and he persuaded company owner, William Morris, that there was a growing demand for sportier cars based on existing models and he was duly given the funding and support to test the market.
Spruced-up Morris Oxford
Orders poured in and the venture proved so successful that the small, fledgling enterprise had to move three times to different locations around the Oxford area in the mid to late 1920s as the demand for the cars outstripped the volume that the MG mechanics could produce.
Various other models were then brought out before the launch of the MG 18/80 in 1928 which had a purpose designed chassis and was also the first MG car with the famous vertical grille -a trademark of the main models either side of the War.
The company had built a small production line at its new premises to speed up the manufacturing process, but the quicker the cars were produced, so demand for them increased even further. By 1928, the specialist enterprise had also outgrown the need to be kept under the wing of the Morris company and its name was changed to the M.G. Car Company Limited.
In 1928, it also took out its own space at the important London Motor Show where the company’s profile grew even greater and again it had to move to larger premises -this time to a larger factory at Abingdon, about 10 miles south of Oxford and where it settled until production ended in 1980.
Throughout the remainder of the pre-war period, the company produced many different cars and its continued growth was largely attributed to being able to make reliable, desirable cars which were offered at a very economical price.
Le Mans entrants
The M-Type was also believed to be the first MG which was exported to America when Edsel Ford (son of Henry) saw one on a trip to London and had it personally shipped to the USA on his return.
The M-type enjoyed significant sales and led the way for the introduction of series of larger cars during the early 1930s.
The first main model to appear under the new ownership was the MG TA, launched in 1936. This was effectively the same car which evolved after the war into the MG TC and which proved extremely popular in America. In fact, it was the volume of sales in the US that gave the company the funding it needed to become a highly respected international sports car manufacturer in the second half of the 20th Century, as well as a legendary name in British motor manufacturing.
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