Model Range

Below are all of the models that we specialise in.  Although at present it is only possible to place orders for MGB parts online, we are expanding our database to include parts for all of the models below.  In the meantime, if you require any parts not listed on our site please do not hesitate to contact one of our sales team on 01905 621331 to discuss your requirements.  Alternatively you may fax us on 01905 621797, or email us at sales@mgpartsuk.com.

MGA

Developed from a "one off" streamlined body, built in 1951 by MG’s chief designer Syd Enever for a TD entered in the Le Mans 24 hour race, the design was initially rejected as a production sports car.  However, falling sales of the TF model in 1953 saw BMC reconsider their decision, and shortly afterwards production commenced on the EX175, the car that was to be called the MGA.

Three prototypes competed in the 1955 Le Mans 24 hour race, to be followed in September by the press launch of the MGA, fitted with BMC’s new "B" series 1500cc engine.

Over the next 7 years more than 100,000 variants were sold, including the Coupe, Twin Cam and Deluxe models.

 
MGB
 
Designed under the supervision of Syd Enever as a replacement to the MGA, the MGB needed to be successful in the USA in order for it to succeed.  Therefore a monocoque construction was used and the design incorporated several refinements over the MGA, including wind up windows and locking doors.  

The first production car was completed on 22nd May 1962, and in September of that year the model was launched to an eager public at the Earls Court Motor Show.

During its 19 years production a total of 512,122 MGB models left the factory.  This figure is greater than the combined total of all other MG’s manufactured at Abingdon and remains the highest volume of a single design of sports car produced by any manufacture in the world.

Over 30 years after MG used the slogan in an advertising campaign, the MGB is still deserved of its title "The Great British Sports Car"!

 
MGB GT & V8
 
Introduced to the MGB range in 1967 the GT was styled at MG’s Abingdon Design Office, but then sent to Pininfarina in Italy, who made minor changes.  The result was a vehicle that Autocar described at its launch as "…perhaps the prettiest Sports Coupe ever to leave the BMC drawing boards."

The MGB GT V8 was introduced in 1972 and boasted the same refinements as the standard GT, but with up-rated brakes, gearbox, axle and rear suspension to accommodate the additional power produced by the 3500cc engine.  During its five years of production 2591 examples were manufactured.

When production of the MGB finally ceased in 1980 a total of 128,188 GT models had left Abingdon.

 
MGC & MGC GT
 
Announced in 1967, the MGC was heralded as a replacement for the Austin Healey 3000.  Available in both Roadster and GT versions and powered by a 2912cc in-line six cylinder engine, the model offered a top speed approaching 120 MPH and should have been one of the best-selling sports cars of all time.  Unfortunately it was not received well by the press, who complained of its poor handling and acceleration, and its visual similarity with the MGB.  In reality it was, however, a superbly long-legged touring car.  

Undoubtedly influenced by reduced sales as a result of its poor reception from the press, together with the merging of MG within the British Leyland group, where Triumph products were viewed favourably and the MGC was seen as opposition for the TR6, the model was discontinued in 1969.

Less than 9,000 models were produced, and whilst the politics within MG prevented it from realising its true potential as a successor to the big Healey, its qualities as a touring car have ensured that it is still much sought after today.

 
Austin Healey Sprite
 

Announced by the BMC publicity department in 1958 the MK1 Sprite was a small inexpensive sports car designed by the Healey motor company as part of their partnership with BMC.  Introduced to fill the void in the market left by the pre-war Austin 7 sports cars, its use of existing corporate parts kept development costs to a minimum, ensuring that the model would be cheap to produce.  Initially designed to utilise retractable headlights these were dropped in favour of fixed units, giving the vehicle a frog like appearance and leading to the model being affectionately called the "frogeye" Sprite.

Around 49,500 frogeye Sprites were manufactured between 1958 and 1961, and by the time BMC had been absorbed into British Leyland in 1971 a further three versions of the Sprite had been produced.  Healey’s partnership had now finished, as BMC no longer existed, and with it ended the licence to use the name Healey on further Sprites.  Between January and July 1971 1,022 Sprites were produced, badged simply as the Austin Sprite and offered as a stop gap for the Austin franchises while they were re-negotiated to sell MG’s version, the Midget, which had run alongside the Sprite since 1961.

The last Sprite left Abingdon in July 1971.  In total 129,362 Sprites were produced.

 

MG Midget

Although the name was originally given to previous models dating back as early as the 30’s, the title Midget is now generally accepted to refer to the vehicles manufactured between 1961 and 1979.

Initially introduced as a better appointed version of the Austin Healey Sprite, the Midget saw many facelift changes and four different engines sizes over its nineteen year production span.

Engine sizes ranged from the 948, 1098, and 1275cc A-series units through to the 1500cc Triumph unit, borrowed from the Triumph Spitfire for use in the post 75 models.

In total 226,526 Midgets were manufactured at Abingdon before British Leyland’s announcement in 1979 that all future sports car production would cease, and the MG factory would close.

 

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