History of the MGA & Magnette

In addition to a brief history, this article gives information on identifying the different MGA models, and provides details of engine numbers for the four different engines.


Photo for 60 Years Young – The MGA Twin Cam60 Years Young – The MGA Twin Cam

This year sees the 60th Anniversary of the launch announcement of the MGA Twin Cam on July 15 1958. The previous day, July 14 1958, MG had organised…  Read more


Photo for MGA Owner’s Heritage PackMGA Owner’s Heritage Pack

When they were new, every MGA came with a package of information and data about the car. These were issued to the buyer by the local MG dealership…  Read more


Photo for MGA Deluxe Survey - 2016MGA Deluxe Survey - 2016

Jim Brown (NAMGAR’s MGA Deluxe Registrar) is conducting a survey on MGA Deluxe vehicles, and is seeking your assistance if you own such a car.  Read more


Photo for Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 4Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 4

Reproduced from Safety Fast!, this is final article, that looks at the racing career of Robert Jacob "Bob" Oltoff in his MGA Twin Cam (as told by Edward Vandyk).  Read more


Photo for Origin of a SpeciesOrigin of a Species

Doug Nye describes how a racing privateer, a clever engineer and a moonlighting aerodynamicist shaped the MGA.  Read more


Photo for Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 3Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 3

Reproduced from Safety Fast!, this is Part 3 of three articles, that looks at the racing career of Robert Jacob "Bob" Oltoff in his MGA Twin Cam (as told by Edward Vandyk).  Read more


Photo for Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 2Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 2

Reproduced from Safety Fast!, this is Part 2 of three articles, that looks at the racing career of Robert Jacob "Bob" Oltoff in his MGA Twin Cam (as told by Edward Vandyk).  Read more


Photo for Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 1Bob Olthoff and his MGA Twin Cam Revisited: Part 1

Reproduced from Safety Fast!, this series of three articles, looks at the racing career of Robert Jacob "Bob" Oltoff in his MGA Twin Cam.  Read more


Photo for BMC Competitions Department Celebrates its 60 YearsBMC Competitions Department Celebrates its 60 Years

The “Comps” Department was born in 1955, and was based alongside the MG factory in Abingdon. They prepared MGAs for LeMans, Sebring, Daytona, and other road races, but…  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon - Final DaysMG Abingdon - Final Days

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, this article concludes the history of MG Abingdon.  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon – An Uncertain FutureMG Abingdon – An Uncertain Future

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with the history of MG under the British Leyland brand.  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon – Changing Times Part 2MG Abingdon – Changing Times Part 2

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with the history of MG and the changing times of the Morris factory.  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon – Changing Times Part 1MG Abingdon – Changing Times Part 1

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with the history of MG and the changing times of the Morris factory.  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon – New Horizons Part 2MG Abingdon – New Horizons Part 2

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with the history of MG and the New Horizons Part 2  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon - New Horizons Part 1MG Abingdon - New Horizons Part 1

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with the history of MG and the New Horizons Part 1  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon - A New Beginning Part 2MG Abingdon - A New Beginning Part 2

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with Part 2 of the new beginning at Abingdon.  Read more


Photo for The Closest Collier Cup Race in HistoryThe Closest Collier Cup Race in History

This article was originally written by Dick Powers for the July/August 2004 issue of MGA! magazine celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the event.  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon – A New Beginning Part 1MG Abingdon – A New Beginning Part 1

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with Part 1 of the new beginning at Abingdon.  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon – A New Direction Part 2MG Abingdon – A New Direction Part 2

Reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, we continue with Part 2 of the new directions at Abingdon.  Read more


Photo for MG Abingdon - A New Direction Part 1MG Abingdon - A New Direction Part 1

We continue with this article, reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, on the history and an insight into the early days of Morris Motors and MGs, taking us thru to 1949.  Read more


Photo for MG Comes to Abingdon Part 2MG Comes to Abingdon Part 2

This article, reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, continues to provide us with an insight into the early days of Morris Motors and MGs, taking us thru to the start of World War II.  Read more


Photo for MG Comes to Abingdon Part 1MG Comes to Abingdon Part 1

This article, reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, continues to provide us with an insight into the early days of Morris Motors and MGs.  Read more


Photo for Exploring the Family Tree - The Elva CourierExploring the Family Tree - The Elva Courier

This second cousin of the MGA may look different, but under the skin there's a definite kinship.  Read more


Photo for MG - Early DaysMG - Early Days

This article, reproduced from "Safety Fast" magazine, provides us with an insight into the very early days of Morris Motors and MGs.  Read more


Photo for Do Your Have a “Heritage” Certificate for Your Car?Do Your Have a “Heritage” Certificate for Your Car?

The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) has production records of all MGs built from 1953 to 1980. This includes the TF Midget and ZA Magnette, MGA, MGB,…  Read more


Photo for A Brief Magnette HistoryA Brief Magnette History

This article, which originally appeared in "Safety Fast" magazine, provides an insight into the production of the ZA and ZB Magnettes.  NAMGAR wishes to thank the Editor of…  Read more


Photo for Working Inside the Octagon (Part 3)Working Inside the Octagon (Part 3)

Pete Neal joined the MG Car Company in 1954 as a "wet behind the ears" 16 year old. In the final installment of his article, Pete continues to to describe his days with the MG Car Company.  Read more


Photo for Working Inside the Octagon (Part 2)Working Inside the Octagon (Part 2)

Pete Neal joined the MG Car Company in 1954 as a "wet behind the ears" 16 year old. Following his move to the Design Department as a Draughtsmen, Pete recalls his involvement in the evolution of the MGB.  Read more


Photo for Working Inside the Octagon (Part 1)Working Inside the Octagon (Part 1)

Pete Neal joined the MG Car Company in 1954 as a "wet behind the ears" 16 year old. His starting pay was less than the cost of his accommodation! This article gives his personal recollections on life in the Abingdon Design Office.  Read more


Photo for MGA Chassis (VIN), Engine & Body NumbersMGA Chassis (VIN), Engine & Body Numbers

This updated column is a reprint of an article that first appeared in the March/April 1991 issue of MGA! by then Registrar Bill Gallihugh, and then subsequently reprinted…  Read more


Photo for The MG Scene 50 Years AgoThe MG Scene 50 Years Ago

In this article, kindly provided to us by the MG Owners' Club, Malcolm Green looks back at the MG scene of 50 years ago.  In 1960, the MGA…  Read more


Photo for Short History of the MGA & MagnetteShort History of the MGA & Magnette

The MGA is a small, by North American standards, British sports car which was made in Abingdon from May 1955 to July 1962. The original car was a…  Read more


Photo for MGA Dates - “First of a New Line”MGA Dates - “First of a New Line”

There were seven models of MGA - 1500, 1500 Coupe, Twin Cam, 1600, 1600 Deluxe, and 1600 Mk II, with 3 engine sizes - 1489, 1588 push rod…  Read more


Photo for Britain’s Love for Open Top Driving, featuring the MGABritain’s Love for Open Top Driving, featuring the MGA

This funny video clip from the BBC features Jeremy enjoying a wet and windy drive in an MGA.  Read more


Photo for British Pathé - The Sports Car of the Year (1955)British Pathé - The Sports Car of the Year (1955)

In 1955, this film company produced a film titled "The Sports Car of the Year", and the car was the MGA 1500 and MGA twin cam. Watch this archived video clip.  Read more