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If there was any justice in the world, then the MG name would still be rivalling the likes of BMW and Mercedes as the brand to drive. Come to think of it, MG was more Audi in its history and outlook – and surely would have similarly prospered if the rubbish British Leyland management hadn’t starved this famous and much loved outfit of proper encouragement and cash.

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MG 1100/1300

MG 1100/1300

PRICE: 1100/1300: £250 - £2500+

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1962-71
  • Bodywork:
    Two or four-door saloon
  • Engine:
    Overhead valve, in-line four-cylinder A-Series
    1100 1098cc 55bhp
    1300 1275cc to April 1968 58bhp
    April 1968 on 65bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    14 to 18+ sec
  • Top Speed:
    85-100 mph
  • MPG:
    35-45 mpg

Past: Building on the foundations of the best-selling Austin / Morris 1100 and 1300s, the sportier, MGs offered a bit more spark and popular with those who needed family transport but with Ministyle thrills. Launched in ‘62 with MKII in ‘67 and best MG1300 of them all a year later. Displaced by boy racer Austin / Morris 1300GT in 1969.

Today: Badge-engineered versions of the Austin/ Morris they may be, but they are now quite rare and desirable. They are practical family classics, with a bit more pep, especially the spy 1300.

Future: The few surviving cars will become more regarded as classy compact sporting saloons of their time.

Early twin tone 1100s or last of the line 1275s will hold the most sway valuewise but all are hard to justify full on restorations to their lowly values. Mechanical parts okay – body less so.

MG Maestro

MG Maestro

PRICE: £100 - £1200

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1983-84
  • Bodywork:
    Five-door hatchback
  • Engine:
    1600 Overhead-camshaft in-line four-cylinder R-Series 1598cc 104bhp
    2.0 EFi Overhead-camshaft in-line four-cylinder O-Series 1994cc 115bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    8.5-9.5 sec
  • Top Speed:
    110-115 mph
  • MPG:
    25-35+ mpg

Past: The first MG version of BL’s five door family hatchback arrived in 1983 and was powered by a 1.6 litre ‘R’ Series engine, fed via twin Weber carbs and driving through a close ratio, Volkswagen-derived five-speed ‘box.

Replacing the 1600 in 1984 was the fuel-injected 2.0 EFI, featuring a two-litre ‘O’ Series overhead camshaft engine delivering a peppy 115bhp.

Present: Admirable performance, generous interior space and easy maintenance come as standard. Yet these models are still little known and under-rated, so are often overlooked and usually inexpensive, representing excellent value.Weber carb models were rarely ran right however.

Future: Interest in the few remaining examples is sure to increase but as novelty value mostly and as good as the car is, it won’t become a classic.