MGF and TF: The Complete Story
In the wake of the demise of the MG Midget and MGB, there seemed little prospect for the MG badge beyond being used as a kind of ‘GTi’ badge for various Austins and Rovers. However, thanks to the determination of a few people – and an enduring affection in public hearts – the tale has had a happier ending. This is the story of that journey – from desolation to rebirth, just like the phoenix from which the project that created the MGF took its name.
MG V8 by David Knowles
Tells the story of each MG V8 model from concept to development and production. Illustrated with 400 pictures including concept cars, design sketches and specially commissioned photography. Interviews with the original V8 design and engineering teams.
Detailed information tables of notable cars and their chassis numbers for each model, plus special editions and colour charts. Background on development and testing work on each model. Rare input and insight from many of the suppliers and specialists who helped develop the cars. Information on sales and servicing literature, production changes, product placement, celebrity stories and much more.
Original Sprite & Midget The Restorer’s Guide
The ideal guide for authentic restorations, covering Sprite and Midget models manufactured from 1958 to 1979. The best source for original specifications and equipment for every Austin-Healey model produced, from the first Sprites of 1958 and the Mk1 MG Midgets of 1961; to the 1971 Sprite MkV and the 1974 Midget MkIV.
This second edition of Gerald Palmer’s autobiography is published five years after his death in 1999 and Christopher Balfour, who collaborated with Gerald on the first edition, has taken the opportunity to review the impact this talented car designer had on the motor industry and to include some photographs that were not used in the first book
MGB The illustrated History
The MGB was Britain’s most successful ever sports car, with sales of over half a million. And the truth is, that more than three decades after production ceased, the MGB’s classic lines, affordability, fun factor and certain ‘rightness’ mean that its enthusiastic following remains undiminished. In ‘MGB: The Illustrated History’ the authors, self-confessed ‘B’ enthusiasts both, recall the remarkable history of this remarkable car. Originated with full co-operation and contributions from key members of the original design team, including John Thornley, Syd Enever, Don Hayter and Roy Brocklehurst, this book takes the reader behind the scenes at the world-famous MG factory at Abingdon, which closed its doors in 1980 with the demise of the MGB after 18 years in production. The background to the MGB roadster’s development is first recalled in the context of its immediate predecessor, the MGA, the various famous EX experimental models, and the heritage of MG as a whole. Separate chapters then follow the development, introduction and production of the GT, MGC and V8. Further chapters on the MGB’s competition successes and the RV8 complete the story. Along with a feast of colour photographs and contemporary brochure material – enough to satisfy even the most ardent MGB lover – the book also features full-colour cutaway illustrations of the three main ‘B’ variants. Copiously illustrated with contemporary colour photographs and brochure material, and featuring colour cutaway illustrations of the MGB roadster, MGC, MGB GT V8 and MG RV8, this book not only charts the production life of Britain’s best-loved sports car, but also takes the reader behind the scenes at the world-famous Abingdon factory.
The Works MGs second editon
The Works MGs now in a redesigned and better illustrated second edition, this is the authoritative story of all the MGs prepared for international competition events with the support of the MG Car Company. The coverage ranges from the classic trials of the mid-1920s, pre-war racing and record-breaking, to the post-war achievements of the works cars entered in races and rallies by the BMC Competitions Department. Co-authored by well-known MG experts, this much-admired book was described by Classic & Sports Car magazine as ‘an excellent, entertaining read’.
BMC 1100/1300 An Enthusiast’s Guide
The British Motor Corporation’s 1100 and 1300 model range was amongst the most successful in the Corporation’s history, selling more than 2.1 million of all types between its introduction in 1962 and its demise in 1974. Worldwide, it was sold under eight different marque names and in two-door saloon, four-door saloon, two-door estate, and five-door hatchback forms – and very nearly as a van as well. In Britain, it was the country’s best-selling car between 1962 and 1971, being beaten just once (in 1967) by the Ford Cortina. BMC 1100 and 1300 looks at the design and development of a model range that at the time confirmed BMC as a pioneer of new automotive ideas and had a profound impact on other manufacturers. It covers not only the full standard model range, but special conversions, cars built abroad, and owning and running the cars today.