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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 Metro

Once the 1300 had been dropped, MG didn’t offer another ‘saloon’ until the arrival of the MG Metro in early 1982 – eighteen months after the closure of MG’s famous Abingdon factory. It was followed by the MG Metro Turbo later the same year, this ‘blown’ version stretching the good old 1275cc A-series engine to 93bhp.

Was the Metro a ‘proper’ MG saloon? It was fun to drive, felt sporty and was based around an existing model – so yes, it followed exactly the same principles as its forebears. Find a good now one for £2-4000 – and enjoy yourself! 

 

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