9780760367179

The Complete Book of Classic MG Cars

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  • ISBN13:

    9780760367179

  • ISBN10:

    0760367175

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2020-11-17
  • Publisher: Motorbooks

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Summary

The Complete Book of Classic MG Cars covers all the marque's collectible production saloons and sports cars, from the 14/28 and 14/40 sports cars to the iconic postwar convertibles like the MGA and MGB, as well as latter-day takes on the classic MG formula, such as the RV8.

First produced in Oxford, England, in 1924, MG cars proved instantly appealing, with a cheeky spirit that would win the hearts of millions around the globe, not least of all in the United States. This was due in no small part to the fact that the price was as attractive as the styling and the performance. Inexpensive and fun became quintessential MG traits. In this installment of Motorbooks' Complete Book series, author Ross Alkureishi offers a chronological model-by-model marque history. Narratives discuss design, production, and technology, while specification tables highlight key technical and performance data. Hundreds of photos illustrate the vehicles and even include detail shots of engine bays and interiors.

Originally formed as a side business, MG became one of the world's most recognized car brands. From prewar saloons to fast and affordable two-seat sports cars in the pre- and postwar periods, MG has exuded fun, thanks to models like the Midgets and Magnettes, the traditionally styled T-Types, and the vehicles that would become the marque’s most recognizable: the MGA, MGB, and MGC. MG would undergo several ownership changes throughout the years, and Alkureishi expertly shows how different ownership groups affected MG cars, good or bad. Along the way, the company competed on racetracks around the world, and Alkureishi describes the most successful of these exploits in complementary sidebars.

The Complete Book of Classic MG Cars is the essential guide to this important chapter in the history of motoring.

Author Biography

Ross Alkureishi spent 12 years as a lecturer in sport and exercise science before realizing that students were even more demanding than the old jalopies he ran in his spare time. In 2009 he turned to motoring journalism, learning his trade as staff writer at Classic Cars magazine (Thoroughbred & Classic Cars outside the UK). Today he regularly contributes to a range of magazines, bringing the same high-tempo writing style to any subject, be it barreling over the Alps in a rally homologation special, learning to drive a 1920s Bentley, or interviewing a racing icon.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: In the beginning There Was Morris
Morris Garages to MG
In Its Own Right
A New Owner
Postwar Midgets
Y-Type: A Car of Firsts
Postwar Magnettes: Revolution, Not Evolution
MGA: A Beautiful Performer
A New Small Car: Say Hello to the “Spridget”
MGB: The King is Dead, Long Live the King!
C Follows B
V8!: A New High-Performance Model
Rebirth: RV8, MGF, et al
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits
Index
 

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