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  • £15.00

    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.

  • £5.00

    British Grand Prix

    The Crowood Press Ltd. Revised and updated. Second Edition which includes 1989 and 1990 Grands Prix. Very good condition. This book delves behind the scenes, talks to the participants, records the mood of the day, and quotes from contemporary publications. There are reflections from the British Grand Prix winners, including Jack Brabham, James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi and Niki Lauda, and the text is supported throughout by descriptions of each race.

  • £30.00

    MG V8, Twenty-one Years on

    MG V8 tells in unprecedented detail the stories of some of the most powerful and exciting cars ever to wear the evocative MG octagon badge. Topics covered include: The story of each MG V8 model, from concept to development and production; Detailed information tables of notable cars and their chassis numbers for each model, plus special editions and color charts; Interviews with the original MG V8 design and engineering teams; Background on development and testing work on each model; Rare input and insight from many of the outside suppliers and specialists who helped develop the cars; Information on sales and servicing literature, production changes, product placement, celebrity stories and much more. Illustrated with 400 pictures, including concept cars, design sketches and specially commissioned photography.

  • £17.50

    MGB The Complete Story

    2nd hand hard cover, GOOD condition, published 1990

    The MGB was the most successful British sports car of all time, selling more than half a million examples over a production life of eighteen years. It has always represented fun driving at realistic prices, and remains well within reach of the average motorist today. The complete story of the B is set firmly in the context of the MG company’s eventful history, and there are new insights into the personalities and politics behind the development of Britain’s most popular sports car. Contains numerous specially-commissioned photographs, technical analyses, driving impressions and practical information on buying and owning a MGB.

  • £30.00

    Bits and Pieces

    2nd hand hardback, good condition.

    Born into the Thai royal family with a thirst for adrenaline and adventure, Prince Birabongse Bhanudej (1914-1985, nom de course B. Bira) was a successful racing driver as well as a pilot and sailor. “Though Bira is best remembered for his Formula 1 career and his participation in the sport’s first ever grand prix, it was in his pre-war racing that the Thai prince truly excelled. Motorsport at this time was a far more amateur affair, with wealthy men (and indeed the odd woman) lavishing money on loud, expensive and very dangerous machines to race on tracks and public roads. While there were professionals on the scene representing major manufacturers, there were many more drivers who raced for the sheer excitement and had no thought of ever making money from the sport. Bira was among them. And he was among the best of them. In 1935, his debut year of competition, the 21-year-old prince finished second at both the Grand Prix de Dieppe and Berne. The following year he won the Coupe Prince Rainier – a support event to the Monaco Grand Prix – as well as the JCC International Trophy, Grand Prix de Picardie, and Albi Grand Prix” (Weeks).

     

  • £15.00

    Service Station Manual

    Cotton hardback, average condition, published by Penton Publishing Co. Ltd, 5th Edition

    First published in 1928

    This book is divided into 3 parts; the first gives general principles of design and organisation; the second part covers legislation, management, accounting and costing; the third part contains information on service plant and equipment

  • £7.50

    MG SportsCars

    A superbly illustrated book traces the history of MG sports cars from their origins in the 1930s right through the difficult days of the 1980s. Detailed close-up shots, historical pictures and technical information in the form of data tables and sidebars

  • £10.00

    MG Pictorial History

    MG is renowned as one of the world’s most famous sports marques. This book relates its complete story, starting with the 1923 two-seater, and MG’s early triumph, the Midget, with its racing success. The Magnas and Magnettes followed, leading into the post-war TC Midget, and the successful MGA and the MGB. Though MG fell victim to corporate politics in the late 60s, it made a comeback with the MGF in the early 90s.

  • £25.00

    MG by McComb

    Not only is this book the definitive work because Wilson McComb was on the inside at MG for a decade, it is doubly so because the author knew exactly how a complex story such as this should be researched and told.  Osprey are proud to have employed the talents of a comparable expert.. From Cecil Kimber and the Bullnose MGs of the 1920s, to the thirties Midgets, the Magnettes, the TCs, the MGA, MGB, even the Metro and Maestro, every twist in the tale was followed by Wilson McComb, with an intimate knowledge not only of machinery but also of men, those who created the marque, some who abused it. There are not many more interesting automotive stories than that of the Octagon to be told, and MG will be one of the few British marques to make it into the 21st century.

  • £15.00

    Making MGs

    From MGA to MGF, here’s the illustrated story of how the classic MGs were built. Most of the pictures were taken at MG’s famous Abingdon factory, and show just how skilled and dedicated workers put MGs together before the advent of robot car production. More recent pictures include the MG RV8 and MGF.
    Concise text describes production processes and model evolution. Coverage includes factory road testing and production figures.
    Featured MGs include MGA, Magnette, Midget, MGB, MGC, MGB GT V8, MGF.

  • £20.00

    The Birth of the MGF

    he MG marque has always been associated with beautifully designed and carefully manufactured cars that retain their popularity long after they cease to be produced. The MG range has languished over the past few years, with no new cars being made. It is therefore good news for all fans of the marque that a new model, the MGF, is now available. The MGF is the epitome of the MG marque, and follows the grand tradition of their now legendary design genius. This book tells the story of the car’s success, from the initial decision that a new model would be financially viable to the final driving impressions of the MGF. It gives a full technical analysis of the car, details the exacting test programme Rover put it through, and examines the initial designs that were rejected and why. It also looks at the PR and sales strategies employed to seduce the contemporary market. There is also coverage of the battle the manufacturers had to keep the MGF away from the prying lenses of photographers, which led to “body disguises” for its on-the-road testing. Ian Adcock is the author of “Porsche 959” (with Jurgen Lewandowski), “Lotus Carlton”, “Bentley Continental R”, “Rolls-Royce V8s – The Modern Era” and “Lotus Road Cars to Date”.

     

  • £15.00

    Works Minis in international rallies and races

    A rare copy of The Illustrated History of the Works Minis in International Rallies and Races by Peter Browning pub 2005.

    Book is 248pp

  • £15.00

    The MGA B & C

    The MGA, based on Goldie Gardner’s pre-war record breaker. was an instant success from its introduction in 1955. More than 100.000 were sold before it was replaced by the MGB in 1962. To date more than half a million MGBs have been made and the car has become a classic in it’s own lifetime, although now, tragically it’s under sentence of death in a British Leyland re-organisation. Faster cars such as the MGC and MGBV8 should have ousted the MGB, but both failed and today they are cult cars such is their rarity.

    The MGs were conceived by two of the most brilliant minds in British Motor manufacturing, John Thornley and Syd Enever. The interesting stories behind all these cars are covered in great detail in this book. Production and competition histories and a great deal of practical information on owning and running the cars are also included. In company with other books in this series, the picture research has been done painstakingly to provide a superb collection of both colour and black and white photographs.

  • £20.00

    MGB Workshop Manual 50th Anniversary

    Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of an MGB in our project workshop, this manual can help you understand, care for and repair your MGB. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your MGB can help its resale value, save you money and make it safer to drive.

  • £12.00

    MGB The Complete Story

    The MGB was the most successful British sports car of all time, selling more than half a million examples over a production life of eighteen years. It has always represented fun driving at realistic prices, and remains well within reach of the average motorist today. The complete story of the B is set firmly in the context of the MG company’s eventful history, and there are new insights into the personalities and politics behind the development of Britain’s most popular sports car. Contains numerous specially-commissioned photographs, technical analyses, driving impressions and practical information on buying and owning a MGB.

    About the Author:

    Brian Laban has been writing about cars, the motor industry and motor sport for more than forty years, for magazines, newspapers, broadcast and online content. He has written around forty books, edited several magazines and worked with many car manufacturers and race teams. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and member (and former chairman) of the Fleet Street Group of Motoring Writers.
  • £10.00

    MG The Complete Story

    This bookazine is aimed at owners and enthusiasts of MGs. MG remains one of the UK’s most highly regarded marques, with membership of Clubs in excess of 50,000 people. And as 2009 is the 85th anniversary of MG, this bookazine covers the complete history of MG, from Old Number One to the launch of the brand-new TF in 2009.

  • £10.00

    MG Sports Cars by Autocar

    MG Sports Cars Book Autocar Road Test Archives Six MK I M Type to MGB GT and all in between!

    Published 1979

  • £15.00

    MG Record Breakers from Abingdon

    By Richard L. Knudson. M.G. established its reputation as a world-class sports car manufacturer by winning races and breaking class speed records. In the 1930s Cecil Kimber, the founder of M.G., ran the fledgling motorcar factory in Abingdon. He knew the publicity value of record breaking and supported the building of special record cars. Driven by such notable motorsport names as Captain George Eyston, Major Goldie Gardner, Bobbie Kohlrausch, and Bert Denly, the cars garnered class records at various venues. The cars set records at Pendine Sands, Brooklands, France, and on the super highways of Belgium and Germany. The first book to provide in-depth coverage on these record-breaking cars. Included are International Class Record Summary charts for the EX 120, EX 127, EX 135, EX 179 & EX 181.

  • £10.00

    MG TC 1945-1949

    Compiled by R.M. Clarke – Distributed by Brooklands Excellent condition, 2nd hand book, soft cover

  • £20.00

    Vital to the Life of the Nation

    2nd Hand book, hardback, good condition, first edition 1946

    This first edition, while giving a broad picture of the Industry’s development will, it is felt, provide the basis for the future literature concerning and Industry which is destined to take an increasingly important part in the Nation’s trade at home and overseas.