The MG Story

1923 - 1980

The MG Story
Format: Hardback, 416 Pages
ISBN: 9781906133979
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The first MGs were a small number of cars sold with special bodywork by Morris Garages, but by the 1930s the MG had come to be recognised as the archetypical sporting car. The rapid development of the marque, and the cars’ domination in their class of competition entry lists, is down to the energy, enthusiasm and skills of a small number of key personalities.

Here, as well as in-depth studies of all models produced, there are biographies of those most involved with MG development, record breaking and motor sport. The MG Story sets out to recount, in the form of a series of articles, the story of the marque from 1923 until the Abingdon factory closed in 1980. At that time this small market town housed what was probably the world’s largest producer of sports cars.

Many of the competition efforts by both factory-supported entries and private owners are covered in detail and help show why MGs became so well known. To illustrate the text there are both black-and-white archive photographs from the author’s collection and a great many modern colour pictures of restored cars. Period advertising material has also been included.

The wide range of topics covered gives the reader a real insight into the evolution of the company and its cars, and into the unique character of MGs that is the reason why they remain so popular.

The author

Malcolm Green was born in wartime North London, but in 1951 the family moved to what was then Southern Rhodesia where his father was employed in the tobacco and cigarette business. It was after passing his driving test in 1960, and starting work in Salisbury, that the involvement with MG cars began. Fed on a diet of articles in magazines like The Autocar and Motor Sport, an interest in sports cars quickly developed. On the pretext of being interested in buying, lunchtime and evening visits to the local car dealers sometimes led to a test drive and in this way Triumph TRs, Austin-Healeys and MGAs were sampled. However, the choice of an MG TF at a just affordable £175 did not gain parental approval, but they provided additional funds to purchase a nearly new Austin Seven. As Minis were then a rarity in Rhodesia, people were still asking for the bonnet to be opened to gaze at the transverse engine. With a return to England in 1962, involvement with the marque began with the purchase of a new 1098cc Mark l Midget and membership of The MG Car Club. A couple of years after marrying Andrea in 1967, the first of many restoration projects saw a rather well-used 1936 TA in their garage. With the help of Andrea’s engineer father, this was returned to full working order. That car was really the start of an interest in the history of MG cars and led to visits to the Abingdon factory and meetings with many of the people who had worked for The MG Car Company from its earliest days. As his career in banking lacked appeal, Malcolm began dealing in books, initially on a part-time basis and from 1980, full-time. Over the last thirty years he has contributed articles on MGs and other British sports cars to magazines like MG Enthusiast, Enjoying MG and The Automobile. He has written eight books on MGs.

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Format: Hardback, 416 Pages
ISBN: 9781906133979
Illustrations: 700+ color & b-w photos
Size: 8.5 in x 10.5 in / 215.9 mm x 266.7 mm

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