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Top 10: MG saloons

Mention MG to most enthusiasts and they’ll conjure up images of a two-seater roadster of some description. Whether it’s an early T-type or a later MGB, it’s what most folk think of when the famous Abingdon brand is mentioned. And yet MG has also enjoyed major success with its sporting saloons over the years, with the most popular models now highly sought after on today’s classic scene.

Let’s get one thing sorted straight away, though: in this particular instance, when we refer to MG saloons we’re also including the odd hatchback. In fact, we’re talking about pretty much any MG that isn’t a two-seater sportster. And there have been a surprising number of them.

The popularity of the best MG saloons is understandable. Most have possessed at least a modicum of sportiness, whilst managing to provide the kind of four- or five-seater practicality demanded by many buyers. In most cases it still makes for a tempting combination, whether your preference is for an MG YA of the late ’40s or a last-of-the-line ZT of the 21st century.

Even better news is that you don’t need a massive bank balance in order to afford a classic MG saloon that’s capable of providing practicality and entertainment value in equal measure. So which will you choose?

By Paul Guinness

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MG 1100/1300

One of MG’s big successes was the launch of the 1100 in 1962 – the second in the ADO16 family to arrive after the initial Morris 1100. Joined by a 1275cc version later on, the MG 1100/1300 remained in production for nine years, and were the first MGs to feature front-wheel drive and Hydrolastic suspension.

Traditionalists may not have approved, but more than 157,000 MG 1100/1300s found homes. Nowadays though, they’re an unusual sight – which means asking prices of £4-5000 for the best examples, or £2-3000 for a solid car that might benefit from some minor improvement.


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