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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 Montego

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    EFI 1984-1991/Turbo 1985-1991
  • Engine:
    EFI 1994cc S4 OHC 115bhp @5500 rpm/Turbo 150bhp @5100 rpm
  • 0-60 mph:
    EFI 10 secs Turbo 7.2 secs
  • Top Speed:
    EFI 115 mph Turbo 126 mph
  • MPG:
    EFI 27 mpg Turbo 24 mpg

Always an underrated car, the MG Montego was a worthy rival to similar jazzed up products from Ford and Vauxhall and, in its Turbo form, blisteringly fast and extremely unruly. Unlike the tetchy poor starting Weber-carb Maestro, the Montego was much better sorted when launched in 1984 complete with talking dashboard (which was mercifully only fitted for a few months), but it was the Turbo that established the MG Montego as a sports saloon of genuine quality. Post-1987 cars have better-sorted torque and suspension,
plus a more comfortable interior, but by then the curse of Austin-Rover’s image had blighted one of the most promising post-war MGs that promised a good deal.

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.

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