News : The hunt is on

Production records are a vital historian’s tool – from these, you can ascertain what were the most popular variations of any given model range, what colours sailed out of the showrooms, and what were the favoured engine options. Most significantly, we will all know how exactly many cars were built in total…

With MG Rover falling into administration in April, it took the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon to secure the production records, although these are not available for public viewing yet. So, until then, all we know is that the final 75 made it to Gaydon, the final ZT V8 went to the SMC dealer group, the last fwd ZT was retained by Nanjing, and the final TF is in private hands…

There’s still much to do.


Do you own the last MG Rovers?

What we need from you

The league tables

We are going to produce league tables for all of the Longbridge built cars – selected details will be publicly available for site users to browse, although we would like to keep a fuller database for posterity. The cars with the top ten listed VINs for each model type will be listed here…

Therefore, if you are willing to help us, we will need the following information from you – please e-mail it:

Make *
Model *
Trim level *
Engine capacity *
VIN number *
Registration number
Body colour *
Owner’s name
Owner’s e-mail address
Owner’s home town

The fields indicated by a star are mandatory, but you do not have to supply personal details or the registration number, if you would prefer not to. Please note, these details will only be used for the purpose of ascertaining production figures, and will not be passed on to any third parties…


The cars

SO far, we have discovered the following details:

Rover 25, MG ZR, 45 MG ZS: When production finally halted in April, the cars that were left on the line remained unfinished for a while. XPart sent in a wave of people to strip parts of some of the cars sitting on the 25/45 line, but once the contractors moved in to extract this line for shipping to China, the decision was made to finish some of the cars that were removed from the line – it is estimated that 40 ZRs were completed, and ZS numbers are currently unknown. These cars have been finished much later than the ZT and TF models we saw being finished in May and June, and were taken delivery of in April 2006.

Rover 75, MG ZT: Several of these were finished during the administration period, and were hand-built by key line workers (ten from the 25/ZR, ten from the 45/ZS and ten from the 75/ZT line), who went from station to station working on one car at a time. The final 75 remains at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon (confirmed), and the last ZT (a black diesel saloon) was retained by Nanjing, and it is unsure what fate awaits it. The final ZT to escape from Longbridge, was a ZT 180 Automatic in Pearl Black, chassis number 355192…

Rover 75/MG ZT V8: Now confirmed that the last car wears the chassis number 883, which was built after MG Rover went into administration. All other V8s were produced before this point in time. The final ZT is a Pearl Black SE saloon…

MG TF: The final model, a Sonic Blue TF 135 is said to have come off the line on June 17, at 13.07 – and it is now in private hands. This is yet to be confirmed, but is looking very likely indeed.

Note: Car highlighted at the tops of the list are confirmed last of line models.

Rover 25

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRFHNAMRF816135
Starlight Silver 1120cc 1.1i
SARRFHNAMRF816133
Starlight Silver 1120cc 1.1i
SARRFHNAMRF816130
Starlight Silver 1120cc 1.1i
SARRFHNAMRF816127
Starlight Silver 1120cc 1.1i
SARRFHNAM5D816123
N/A 1396cc 1.4 LP 3-dr (103PS) LHD
SARRFHFAB5D814567
N/A 1994cc Commerce TD
SARRFTWBB5D814009
X Power Grey 1396cc GSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFYWBB5D813428
Firefrost 1396cc SEi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFTNBB5D811838
Firefrost 1396cc GSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFRNBH5D808855
Platinum Gold 1396cc GSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFUWAH5D807445
Burnished Orange 1396cc Streetwise GSi (84PS)
SARRFYWEF5D805078
Platinum Gold 1589cc SXi 1.6
SARRRYNBB5D804973
N/A 1589cc N/A
SARRFTWBB5D802972
Starlight Silver 1396cc GSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFYWBB5D789012
Rio Red 1396cc SEi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFKWBH5D786135
Sonic Blue 1396cc Streetwise S (103PS) Olympic
LE 5-door

Rover 45

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRTSWBN5D657793
N/A 1589cc HP 5DR TL4
SARRTCWFL5D657691
Platinum Gold Pearl 1796cc Connoisseur Stepspeed
SARRTZLMS5D657654
Starlight Silver 1589cc 1.6 Club SE 4-door (LHD)
SARRTCLEY5D657181
Tempest Grey 1997cc (V6) Connisseur Stepspeed (LHD)
SARRTVWND5D656509
Starlight Silver 1994cc GSI 2.0 TD
SARRTZLMS5D652590
Tempest Grey 1589cc 1.6 Classic 4 door
SARRTZWFL5D651785
Starlight Silver 1589cc 1.8 Steptronic Club SE
SARRTZWND5D643655
X Power Grey 1994cc Club SE TD
SARRTZWBB5D642438
Starlight Silver 1396cc Club SE

Rover 75


The final 75 is confirmed as chassis number 355194, and as revealed in the News recently, it now resides at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRJZLHC5D355194
Firefrost 1951cc CDTi Connoisseur
SARRJWTHK5D355044
Starlight Silver 1951cc CDT Tourer (LHD)
SARRJWTHK5D355042
Firefrost 1951cc CDT Tourer
SARRJCLHP5D355037
Tempest Grey 1951cc CDT (LHD)
SARRJZLRM5D354524
Pearl Black 1796cc 1.8T Connoisseur SE
SARRJHLHC5D354180
Tempest Grey 1951cc CDTi Classic
SARRJSTHC5D351760
Platinum Gold 1951cc CDTi Connoisseur Tourer
SARRJZTHC5D351380
Ski Blue Metallic 1951cc CDTi Connoisseur Tourer SE
SARRJZLHP5D351289
Starlight Silver 1951cc CDT 100th Edition (LHD)
SAARJZTHP50351225
IAH 1951cc CDT Tourer
SARRJZLHX5D350696
BRG Pearl 1951cc Longbridge Sterling (LHD)
SARRJZLHP5D350280
Platinum Gold 1951cc Connoisseur SE (LHD)
SARRJNTHK5D350159
Firefrost 1951cc CDT Tourer Contemporary
SARRJZLHP5D348729
Platinum Gold 1951cc Longbridge SE (LHD)
SARRJZTHK4D327397
Firefrost 1951cc Tourer CDTi
Connoisseur SE
SARRJZTLS4D315620
Starlight Silver (MBB) 2497cc Celeste Tourer

Rover 75 V8


Geneva Motor Show 2004, and MG Rover announced the Rover 75 V8 saloon. In 2005, it re-surfaced in Eastern Europe (chassis number 215).

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRXZLGJ5D000867
Black Pearl
4601cc
V8 Connoisseur SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000859
Black Pearl
4601cc
V8 Contemporary SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000852
Black Pearl
4601cc
V8 Contemporary SE
SARRXZTGJ5D000851
Black Pearl
4601cc
V8 Connoisseur Tourer SE
SARRXZTGJ5D000841
British Racing Green
4601cc
V8 Saloon
SARRXCLGJ5D000772
Platinum Gold 4601cc V8 Contemporary SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000772
British Racing Green 4601cc V8 Saloon
SARRXCLGJ5D000771
Raven Black 4601cc V8 Contemporary SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000767
Starlight Silver 4601cc V8 Contemporary SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000765
Platinum Gold 4601cc V8 Contemporary SE
SARRXZLGW5D000738
Black Pearl 4601cc V8 Connoisseur SE (LHD)
SARRXZLGJ5D000678
Royal Blue 4601cc V8 Connoisseur SE
SARRXZLGJ5D000676
Firefrost 4601cc V8 Connoisseur SE
SARRXZLGJ5D000607
Royal Blue 4601cc V8 Connoisseur SE
SARRXZTGJ5D000585
Chatsworth 4601cc V8 Connoisseur Tourer SE
SARRXZLGJ5D000353
Royal Blue 4601cc V8 Connoisseur SE (LWB)
SARRXGLGN4D000215
Chatsworth 4601cc V8 Connoisseur SE (LHD)
Ex-Geneva Motor Show car.

MG ZR

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRFRNBH5D816092
Xirallic Red 1396cc ZR 105 Trophy
SARRFBNBH5D816065
Starlight Silver 1396cc ZR+ 105 3-door (LHD)
SARRFLFME5D816005
Ignition Blue 1796cc ZR Express 160
SARRFXNBH5D815836
Starlight Silver 1396cc ZR 105
SARRFXNBH5D815226
Starlight Silver 1396cc ZR 105
SARRFANBH5D814791
Pearl Black 1396cc ZR Trophy SE
SARRFANBH5D814552
Starlight Silver 1396cc ZR Trophy SE
SARRFANBH5D813283
Ignition Blue 1396cc ZR Trophy SE
SARRFANBH5D812853
Trophy Blue 1396cc ZR 105
SARRFBWBV5D812652
Ignition Blue 1396cc ZR+ 105 (LHD)
SARRFANBH5D812590
Starlight Silver 1396cc ZR 105 Trophy SE
SARRFXNBH5D812341
Firefrost 1396cc ZR 105
SARRFANNC5D811534
XPower Grey 1994cc ZR Trophy SE TD 115
SARRFAWFD5D811520
Pearl Black 1796cc ZR Trophy SE
SARRFANFD5D810685
X Power Grey 1796cc ZR 120 Trophy SE
SARRFLNME5D809976
Firefrost Red 1796cc ZR 160
SARRFLNME5D809913
Pearl Black 1796cc ZR 160
SARRFANBH5D808801
Pearl Black 1396cc ZR Trophy SE
SARRFBNBH5D808406
Firefrost Red 1396cc ZR+ 105
SARRFANBH5D808790
Ignition Blue 1396cc ZR 105
SARRFLNME5D807089
Ignition Blue 1796cc ZR 160
SARRFBWFD5D807441
Firefrost Red 1796cc ZR 120+
SARRFRNBH5D80641
Ignition Blue 1396cc ZR 105 Trophy
SARRFAWBH5D805154
Starlight Silver 1396cc ZR 105 Trophy SE
SARRFXZNBH5D804700
Starlight Silver 1396cc ZR 105
SARRFLNMED803744
Ignition Blue 1796cc ZR 160
SARRFLNME5D792698
Pearl Black 1796cc ZR 160
SARRFXWBH5D787710
Xirallic Red 1396cc ZR+105 5-Door
SARRFLNME4D760508
Starlight Silver 1796cc ZR 160

MG ZS

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRTBLMBRT657799
Firefrost 1796cc ZS+ 120
SARRTBLMBRT657797
Ignition Blue 1799cc ZS+ 120
SARRTBLMB5D657529
XPower Grey 1589cc ZS+ 110
SARRTBLMB5D657424
XPower Grey 2497cc ZS+ 110
SARRTBWFC5D657125
Starlight Silver 1796cc ZS+ 120
SARRTBLBG5D657049
XPower Grey 1396cc ZS+ 105 (Irish)
SARRTVWND5D656509
Black 2497cc ZS 180
SARRTBLFC5D655824
Royal Blue 1796cc ZS 120+
SARRTLLLF5D653948
Starlight Silver 2497cc ZS 180
SARRTLLLF5D653893
Starlight Silver 2497cc ZS 180
SARRTBWFC5D653799
Ignition Blue 1796cc ZS+ 120
SARRTBWMB5D653663
Ignition Blue 1589cc ZS+ 110
SARRTBWM5D653078
XPower Grey 2497cc ZS 180 (LHD)
SARRTLLLT5D652146
XPower Grey 2497cc ZS 180 (LHD)
SARRTLLLF5D652402
Firefrost 2497cc ZS 180
SARRTBWND5D650296
Ignition Blue 1994cc ZS+ TD115
SARRTBLND5D650247
Silver 1994cc ZS + TD115
SARRTBLMB5D648166
Black Pearl 1589cc ZS+ 110
SARRTLLLF5D645039
Firefrost 2497cc ZS 180
SARRTLLLF5D644976
Ignition Blue 2497cc ZS 180
SARRTLLLF5D638131
XPower Grey 2497cc ZS 180

MG ZT

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRJLTPB5D354536
X Power Grey 1796cc ZT-T+ 120
SARRJXTTG5D354286
Starlight Silver 1796cc ZT-T 160
SARRJLTNM5D353015
Pearl Black 2497cc ZT-T+ 180
SARRJLTPB5D351584
Firefrost 1796cc ZT-T 120
SARRJLTTGSD351335
X Power Grey 1796cc ZT-T+ 160
SARRJGTFF5D350386
X Power Grey 2497cc ZT-T 190 SE
SARRJLLHP5D348269
X Power Grey 1951cc ZT CDTi (LHD)
SARRJGTFF5D348013
N/A N/A ZT-T
SARRJLLFF5D347528
X Power Grey 2497cc ZT+ 190
SARRJLTHK5D344983
British Racing Green 1951cc ZT CDT+ 135
SARRJLTHP5D336491
Pearl Black 1951cc ZT-T Black Axis (LHD)
SARRJLLHP4D327879
X Power Grey 1951cc ZT CDT+ 135 (LHD)
SARRJLLHP4D324305
X Power Grey 1951cc ZT 135 (LHD)
SARRJXLEE3D268704
X Power Grey 2497cc ZT 160+

MG ZT V8


The last MG ZT V8 has been confirmed as chassis number 883…

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRXGLGB5D000883
Black Pearl 4601cc ZT 260 SE
SARRXGLGB5D000882
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT 260 SE
SARRXXLGJ5D000805
British Racing Green 4601cc ZT 260 SE Auto
(New Zealand)
SARRXGLGB5D000797
Twightlight Blue 4601cc ZT 260 SE
SARRXGLGB5D000793
British Racing Green 4601cc ZT 260 SE
SARRXXLGJ5D000787
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT 260 Auto
(New Zealand)
SARRXGTGN5D000745
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT-T 260 SE (LHD)
SARRXGLGN5D000743
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT 260 SE (LHD)
SARRXXLGB5D000722
Pearl Black 4601cc ZT 260
SARRXGLGB4D000545
Pearl Black 4601cc ZT 260 SE
SARRXGTGB4D000484
Black Pearl 4601cc ZT-T 260 SE
SARRXXLGB4D000450
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000352
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT 260
SARRXXLGB4000327
Starlight Silver 4601cc ZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000323
Starlight Silver 4601cc ZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000194
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000190
Starlight Silver 4601cc ZT-T 260 Auto (LHD)
SARRXGTGB3D000019
Biomorphic Green 4601cc ZT-T 260 SE
SARRXGLGN2D000007
X Power Grey 4601cc ZT 260 (LHD)

MG TF

VIN Number Body colour Engine capacity Trim level
SARRDWBKC5D641734
Sonic Blue 1796cc TF 135
SARRDMBEM5D641698
Black 1589cc TF 115 (LHD)
SARRDMBEB5D641671
N/A 1589cc TF 115 (LHD)
SARRDWBKC5D641658
X Power Grey 1796cc TF 135
SARRDMBEB5D641447
British Racing Green 1589cc TF 115
SARRDWBKN5D640912
British Racing Green 1796cc TF Oxford Edition (LHD)
SARRDMBEB5D640817
Black Pearl 1589cc TF 115
SARRDWBKC5D640524
BRG Pearl 1796cc TF 135
SARRDLBPC5D640448
Ignition Blue 1796cc TF 160
SARRDMBEB5D640466
Sonic Blue 1589cc TF 115
SARRDWBKC5D640231
X Power Grey 1796cc TF 160
SARRDWBKN4D6314444
Black Pearl 1796cc TF Limited Edition (LHD)
Posted in: AROnline News, MG Rover
Keith Adams

About the Author:

Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and watched it steadily grow into AROnline. Is the Editor of Classic Car Weekly, and has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, Classic Car Weekly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

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  1. Jon Turner says:

    I have a ZS for your list;
    Make = MG
    Model = ZS
    Trim level = 180 (RHD)
    Engine capacity = 2497cc
    VIN number = SARRTLLLT5D652484
    Registration number = BX54 KHJ
    Body colour = Ignition Blue
    Owner’s name = Jon Turner
    Owner’s e-mail address = jon.jdturner@btinternet.com
    Owner’s home town = Amersham UK

  2. Matt says:

    Hi,

    I’ve got a 75 to add to your list… what email address should I send it to, as the email link on the blog is missing a URL?

  3. RS2OOO says:

    I’ve emailed admin a number of times with my ZS chassis details which would put the car inside the last 6 on the above list, but yet to see it listed.

    Admin – If you’d like me to resend the details please drop me a line.

  4. Peter says:

    Hello from Germany,
    the followed TF is mine since 2006, January (bought from new)
    MGTF Oxford edition, build in 2005 with rear glass window* Engine capacity 1800, * VIN number * SARRDWBKN5D640955 , body colour HFF
    Regards
    Peter

  5. Jacob says:

    I have a ZR for your list;
    The one and only 2,0 TD ind Denmark
    Make = MG
    Model = ZR
    Trim level = 115 (RHD)
    Engine capacity = 1996cc (i think)
    VIN number = SARRFBNNN5D812200
    Body colour = LEF – X-power Frey
    Owner’s name = Jacob Sørensen
    Owner’s e-mail address = minisjolle@gmail.com
    Owner’s home town = Slagelse, Denmark

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