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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 ZT260

Why does the ZT260 deserve a separate listing from the other ZTs? Because it was completely re-engineered (with the help of Prodrive), its switch to rear-wheel drive allowing it to make use of a 4.6-litre ex-Mustang V8 supplied by Ford. It was the ultimate Q-car of its generation, with 257bhp at its disposal – enough power to get you to 60 in just over six seconds, with serious mid-range acceleration to match.

In production for just eighteen months, the 2003-05 ZT260 is one of today’s ultimate modern classics – and yet just £8000 (or less) will buy a decent survivor. 

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