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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 Maestro

The five-door Maestro might not have been the most obvious choice for a GTi-beating hot hatch, but Austin Rover had other ideas; and so along came the rather disappointing MG Maestro 1600 in 1983, replaced the following year by the vastly improved 2.0 EFi – complete with extra power, performance and smoothness. Best of the bunch though, arrived in 1989 when the limited-production (just over 500 were made) MG Maestro Turbo arrived, offering 150bhp and rival-beating acceleration.

Interest in these ’80s MGs is growing, yet they’re still good value. £2-3000 should get you a well-preserved example.

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