MG History


Good times in our genes

For over 90 years MG has been making cars people love to drive. Grip the wheel of an MG and you can feel generations of good times built into its DNA.

Cecil Kimber ( 1888-1945), Morris Garages sales manager, wanted to make modified Morris cars that were faster and sportier.

1924

The Octagon badge was registered as an MG trademark. MG's 14/28 Super Sports model went on sale. The first MG sports car was the Old Number One: small, fast and fun to drive.

1930

In 1930, MG made their first big splash on the racing circuit at Brooklands, the world's first banked concrete racetrack. The tiny MGs beat the powerful Bentleys. One Bentley driver said, "We've been invaded by fleas."

MG dominated racing events throughout the '30s: winning the Irish Grand Prix, Isle of Man Tourer's Trophy, the Ulster TT as well as wins in Italy (the first non-Italian team to do so), Germany and Monaco.

A class win with the K3 at the 1933 Mille Miglia road race was the first time a non-Italian team had won. Then MG turned their focus onto speed records.

1932

The Magic Midget reached 87mph, breaking the previous speed record of 85mph.

The EX 127 reached 140mph on the German Autobahn before being acquired by Mercedes Benz for study.

1935

EX 135 hit a record breaking 33 1.5 km/h.

1938

The MG TC was produced just before WWII broke out.

WWII 1939 - 45

MG stopped car production and helped with the war effort, repairing Matilda tanks and assembling British bomber cockpits.

Production of the MG TC resumed. It was tiny, handled well and was a lot of fun. It was a big hit in the US. More than half the TCs built ended up in the US.

1947

The Duke of Edinburgh was the most famous TC customer.

1955

MGA was the streamlined, next-generation sports car.

1957

British legend, Sir Stirling Moss, broke the land speed record in the mid-engined MG EX 181, nicknamed 'Roaring Raindrop', at Salt Flats, Utah. He smashed the previous record, driving at 395.31 km/h, 20% faster than the previous record holder.

1962

The MGA model was strengthened by the addition of the more comfortable MGB model. Great fun to drive with a shorter chassis and larger cabin. Produced until 1980, it was the most successful MGever made.

1975

The one millionth car was built; a unique LHD MGB roadster finished in Brooklands Green with Jubilee GT livery and wheels.

2000

MG Rover Group is formed following separation from the BMW Group.

2014

MG celebrated its 90th year with a spectacular event at Silverstone, and unveiled the MG3 and MG6 90th Limited Edition models. MG wins the BTCC Manufacturer Championship.

2016

MG marks it's global footprint with operations in Australia, Chile, China, South Africa, UAE and the UK, with dealerships in a further 32 countries.

2017

MG and innovation goes hand-in-hand.When Auto Shanghai 20 I 7 commenced, the MG E-motion concept was revealed combining MG's design heritage with an all electric platform.

A rich history and a bold, exciting future. But what next?

1924-1927

1927-1952

1952-1962

1962-1980

1980-1990

1990-2009

2009-current