Part 1: From coachbuilder to British icon Few brands inspire such a loyal following as MG, the British marque synonymous with light, affordable and fun to drive sports cars. What started life as a small coachbuilder under the name ‘Morris Garages’ became a very popular carmaker with success in motorsport and land speed records. But the troubled history of MG features many hits and misses, from the lows of badge engineering to the highs of some of the most successful British roadsters in automotive history. Today the company, under new ownership (Chinese auto giant SAIC), produces affordable hatches and SUVs. But, let’s take it from the start. The man behind the MG marque is Cecil Kimber (1988-1945, pictured above), an automotive enthusiast with interest in racing and exceptional managerial skills. Kimber held the general manager’s position at Morris Garages, a retail sales and service business in Oxford owned by William Morris (later Lord Nuffield). In an effort to boost sales, Kimber started modifying Morris Cowleys, fitting restyled bodies and more powerful engines on the donor chassis, and thus he founded a new brand – the MG (for Morris Garages). Above: 1925 MG 14/28 Super Sports Salonette In 1924, Kimber registered… Read full this story
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