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To many car enthusiasts the initials MG are synonymous with sports cars. The marque was founded by Cecil Kimber in 1923 as 'Morris Garages', and went through many changes of ownership. This was sometimes a painful process, but MG always maintained its heritage in the slogan Safety Fast. Early MGs set the pattern, being based on more pedestrian Morris models, both Bullnose and Flatnose. Iconic MGs included the 18/80, the M-type and J-type Midgets, K-type and N-type Magnettes. the SA, VA and WA were was a large salooncars in the 1930s. The PA and PB Midgets were followed by the TA and TB Midgets before war intervened. After the war the TC was similar to a TB, and the Y-type saloon was launched in 1947. The TD was a new Midget, based on the Y-type, and a great export success, especially to the USA. In 1953 the TF was an updated TD, but it wasn't 'modern' enough for some enthusiasts, so the MGA appeared in 1955. ZA and ZB Magnette sports saloons. The MG badge was applied to various BMC models, Farina-line saloons, 1100s and 1300s. Later MG versions were also marketed of the Metro, Maestro and Montego. The MGB, MGB GT and MGC were synonymous with the concept of the British sports car in the 1960s and 1970s. Needing a smaller sports car, MG adopted the Austin-Healey Sprite Mark II as a new Midget. It ended up outselling the Sprite. Rover Group produced a new sports car, the MGF from 1985 to 2002, when it was relaunched by MG Rover as the MG TF. The Rover 25, 45 and 75 saloons, which had been launched under short-lived BMW ownership, gained MG versions; ZR, ZS and ZT. In the 21st century production moved to China, recreating the MG TF sports car and the Rover-derived sports saloons.
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