Sports car concepts

MGF Prototypes : First and last

MGF Prototypes : First and last

Keith Adams Originally posted 26 March 2011 It was strange seeing MGF prototypes PR1, PR2 and PR3 for the very first time on a recent visit to Longbridge. I had seen them in the pages of David Knowles’ excellent MGF and TF book as well as on the pages of this very website but had never really appreciated […]

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Concepts and prototypes : Triumph Fury

Concepts and prototypes : Triumph Fury

THE Triumph Fury was a little more than a motorshow crowd pleaser – it was a hint at what Triumph could really achieve with its sports car range during the Sixties. ROBERT LEITCH put together this story for the website, explaining how the Fury came about… Fury: an E-type for the masses AN article by […]

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Sports car projects : MG TF GT

Sports car projects : MG TF GT

MGB for the 21st century? Hinted at for some time in the press, the MG GT Concept marries the well-known capabilities of the MG TF chassis and the KV6 engine, and packages them up in a pretty new hard-top body. Not yet cleared for production, it is MG Rover’s ambition to get the car into […]

Sports car projects : OMNI proposals

Sports car projects : OMNI proposals

MG’s Sports car for the 21st century RICHARD Hamblin, former Managing Director of OMNI Design, and has managed to give us an invaluable insight into the design of the sports car pictured on this page. As the former Director of Advanced Design at the Rover Group, he has passionate views on the health of the […]

Sports car projects : Matra M72

Sports car projects : Matra M72

Anglo-French Rover? It wasn’t only Matra’s Renault Espace Gen 3 that MG Rover had been interested in – Longbridge executives could have ended up reviving the MG Midget name with this fascinating prototype, and also coined the CityRover name for it… Back in 2000, MG Rover’s management was in a terrible pickle – ‘gifted’ a […]

Sports car projects : MG DR2/PR5

Sports car projects : MG DR2/PR5

MG’s might-have-been bruiser Throughout the mid- to late-’80s, the Austin-Rover design studios produced several MG sports car mock-ups, most of which came to nought. Things became more serious following the launch of the Mazda MX5 in 1989, and Rover’s management realised there was genuine money to be made in open-tops. This proposal created by Design […]

Sports car projects : Aston MGB

Sports car projects : Aston MGB

The Aston MGB The 10th September 1979 became known as “Black Monday” among MG enthusiasts around the world, because it was the date that BL finally went public with their plans to shut the Abingdon factory, after fifty successful years of sports car production. Shockwaves reverberated around the industry, and it did not take long […]

Sports car projects : Triumph

Sports car projects : Triumph

The Michelotti Bullet & Lynx Entering the 1970s, Triumph decided on a two-pronged attack on the sports car market: Bullet was the TR6 replacement incorporating, like the Stag, a roll-over bar and T-bar. Lynx was the closed coupé, to replace the GT6. Like all Triumphs since the Herald in 1959 (and excluding the Karmann-designed TR6), […]

Sports car projects : ADO76

Sports car projects : ADO76

When MG met Michelotti Until recently, AROnline listed the ADO76 project as a rubber-bumpered version of the MGB, but in essence there was much more to it than that… Moves were afoot in both Abingdon and Pressed Steel-Fisher (PSF) in Cowley to produce something with a clear 1970s style for the upcoming decade… sadly, it […]

Sports car projects : ADO70

Sports car projects : ADO70

The sporting Mini ADO70 was conceived by Harry Webster as a fun car for the US market. However, the project foundered when the prototype met with an apathetic reaction by Leyland’s management, and the required funds were not forthcoming. Although generally known as the Michelotti Mini, it should be noted that it was built – […]

Sports car projects : ADO30

Sports car projects : ADO30

Fireball XL5 – BMC’s broken arrow IN late 1961, the distinguished Lausanne-based publication Automobile Year organised an international car styling competition to mark its tenth year of publication. Nobody at the time could have guessed that the reverberations of the winning design would continue to resonate in the boardroom and drawing office cells of Longbridge, […]

Sports car projects : ADO21

Sports car projects : ADO21

MGF 20 years early The ADO21 came about following the formation of BLMC in 1968. The reasoning was clear: the EX234 had been consigned to history, and the MG range was rapidly ageing. Of course, there was also the small matter of where MG would fit in the new empire given that Triumph was now […]

Sports car projects : ADO68

Sports car projects : ADO68

The Cowley connection Devised at the Pressed Steel Fisher styling studios in Cowley by Roy Haynes, this series of production car-based sporting coupés was intended to add glamour to BLMC’s range of cars in a relatively inexpensive way. Rather like the Ford Capri’s relationship with the Cortina, the Condor cars were to be mechanically identical […]

Sports car projects : MG EX234

Sports car projects : MG EX234

MG Spider The EX234 project was instigated in early 1964 when the Abingdon engineering team’s thoughts turned to the issue of revising the MGB in order to give it a degree of chassis civility. The story behind the car was simple really; there was a palpable level of disappointment with the MGB, not so much […]

Sports car projects : ADO34, 35 and 36

Sports car projects : ADO34, 35 and 36

Active between 1960 and 1964, ADO34 was a project to develop a Mini-based roadster, which would logically have replaced the MG Midget and Austin-Healey Sprite. Different versions were put forward by Austin at Longbridge and MG at Abingdon, while a coupé version (ADO35) was also developed, along with Austin-Healey versions of each car (ADO36). The […]

Sports car projects : ADO56

Sports car projects : ADO56

Ahead of its time Known within BMC as the “MG Sport”, ADO56 was devised by Alec Issigonis, based on an extended Mini floor pan. The car was styled by Dick Burzi, strongly infulenced by Pininfarina’s Austin A40 Farina, and was engineered by >Jack Daniels. Sitting on 12″ wheels, the car was later built as a […]

Hillman Imp : Rootes Asp

Hillman Imp : Rootes Asp

The sporting version of the Imp looks as promising today as it did back during the 1960s. A lack of money would spell its end… Rootes’ engineers knew that the Imp chassis was capable of handling more power, and decided to work on a sporting variant. Using the existing all alloy ohc engine (tuned somewhat), […]

In-house designs : MG EX-E

In-house designs : MG EX-E

MG’s future hot-shot First shown to the world at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show, it is fair to say that the MG EX-E shocked visitors simply because it was so attractive and so unexpected. At the time of the EX-E’s debut, MG could only offer the “M” cars – sporting saloons and hatchbacks – so […]

Concepts : AR6-based MG Midget

Concepts : AR6-based MG Midget

The AR6-based MG Midget During the Mid-1980s, Roy Axe spearheaded the revival of the MG marque, by producing concepts wearing the revered octagonal badge. The idea was to produce interesting, affordable and saleable sporting cars using many parts from existing models. The culmination of this philosophy was the EX-E showcar, launched at the Frankfurt motor […]

Picture gallery : Miscelleneous prototypes

Picture gallery : Miscelleneous prototypes

BL Zanda The BL Zanda was a motor show prototype produced by Harris Mann and showed to the world in 1969. This car still exists and is on display at the Motor Heritage Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Mann caught the attention of BL’s upper management with this car and as a result, went on to […]

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