The M.G. automobiles have a long rich history. In England during
the 1920's Morris Garages (hence M.G.'s) produced an inexpensive
car called the Bullnose Morris. It was called this due to the
distinctive shape of the radiator. William Morris's intention
of providing a small reliable car for ordinary people at low cost
continued throughout the history of the company. The "M"
series midgets were the forerunner of the "T" Series.
The "TC" was the first MG widely imported into the United
States immediately after WWII. This car is credited with changing
the American world of automobiles. This was the first post war
"sports car" and began the trend to sports cars.
It was mostly the way M.G.'s handled that excited the Americans
Here was a car that went where you pointed it and did not roll
sickeningly at every bend. The driver was the boss, not the car.
Since the M.G. looked racy and handled well in cornering, their
owners immediately formed and joined sports car clubs and went
racing. This car was primarily responsible for the renaissance
of road racing in America.
The TC evolved into the TD in 1949, correcting many of the shortcomings
of the TC's. The TD was fatter looking, had stronger disc wheels,
an independent front suspension and for export to the US, left-hand
wheel drive. This was the finest "modern" sports car,
as it could safely maintain US highway speeds in comfort. I particularly
have respect and fond memories of the TD as this was my very first
The Td was replaced with an even more modern TF. However, the
days of the "T" series were numbered. In 1953, the sleek
MGA was introduced. This was a totally new design foe the MG.
The silver radiator and running board trademarks of the past 30
years were eliminated. This car was larger, heavier, lower, with
a smooth envelope body. The engine displacement was increased
to 1489cc and later to 1622 cc. This car was very popular with
over 100,000 units being sold in the seven years it was produced.
The MGB was the replacement to the MGA. This car had a 1789 cc
engine producing 98 HP. The 0 to 60 MPH time is about 10 seconds.
This car was a very modern car with disc brakes, unitized body
chassis. The MGB's had chrome bumpers until federal regulations
required the much less aesthetic black rubber bumpers in 1975.
An updated version of the MGC, now appropriately designated the
MGD, will soon be available in England. Perhaps, if it is successful,
it will be exported to the US. The projected prices will be in
the $40,000 range.
MGB's are widely available today are very reasonable prices. They
are reasonably easy restoration projects for beginners due to
the straight-forward construction and easy availability of almost
any part from a variety of suppliers.
All models of the post was MG's are good investments when purchased
at the current market prices. They have they criteria of continued
appreciation. They are landmark cars, fun to drive, easy to repair
and restore, and some models are still readily available. If you
want to have fun while making an investment, an MG may be in your
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