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Cecil Kimber joined Morris Garages in 1921 as sales’ manager, but had an interest in motor racing and coachbuilding. The first car bearing the MG name débuted in 1924, built on a Morris Oxford chassis. The company had its first heyday in the first half of the 1930s, with various sporting and racing models. Postwar, MG found great export success to the US, thanks to a lack of rivalry in the remaining years of the 1940s. Part of the British Motor Corp. from 1952, proper postwar models were developed, beginning with the MGA, and followed by the successful MGB. Production ceased in 1980 as the MGB—long past its sell-by date—was axed, and the MG name reappeared during the decade on warmed-over Austins. It took till the 1990s before new MGs re-emerged, beginning with the RV8 and the MG F. However, by 2005, the British company collapsed, and the MG name, along with the production line, were sold to Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corp. The new line was set up in China, where MGs have been built from 2007, and new models have been developed by the Chinese company, now part of the larger SAIC group, since.





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