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 NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRFHNAMRF816135
Starlight Silver1120cc1.1i
SARRFHNAMRF816133
Starlight Silver1120cc1.1i
SARRFHNAMRF816130
Starlight Silver1120cc1.1i
SARRFHNAMRF816127
Starlight Silver1120cc1.1i
SARRFHNAM5D816123
N/A1396cc1.4 LP 3-dr (103PS) LHD
SARRFHFAB5D814567
N/A1994ccCommerce TD
SARRFTWBB5D814009
X Power Grey1396ccGSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFYWBB5D813428
Firefrost1396ccSEi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFTNBB5D811838
Firefrost1396ccGSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFRNBH5D808855
Platinum Gold1396ccGSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFUWAH5D807445
Burnished Orange1396ccStreetwise GSi (84PS)
SARRFYWEF5D805078
Platinum Gold1589ccSXi 1.6
SARRRYNBB5D804973
N/A1589ccN/A
SARRFTWBB5D802972
Starlight Silver1396ccGSi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFYWBB5D789012
Rio Red1396ccSEi 1.4 (103PS)
SARRFKWBH5D786135
Sonic Blue1396ccStreetwise S (103PS) Olympic
LE 5-door

Rover 45

VIN NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRTSWBN5D657793
N/A1589ccHP 5DR TL4
SARRTCWFL5D657691
Platinum Gold Pearl1796ccConnoisseur Stepspeed
SARRTZLMS5D657654
Starlight Silver1589cc1.6 Club SE 4-door (LHD)
SARRTCLEY5D657181
Tempest Grey1997cc (V6)Connisseur Stepspeed (LHD)
SARRTVWND5D656509
Starlight Silver1994ccGSI 2.0 TD
SARRTZLMS5D652590
Tempest Grey1589cc1.6 Classic 4 door
SARRTZWFL5D651785
Starlight Silver1589cc1.8 Steptronic Club SE
SARRTZWND5D643655
X Power Grey1994ccClub SE TD
SARRTZWBB5D642438
Starlight Silver1396ccClub 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 NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRJZLHC5D355194
Firefrost1951ccCDTi Connoisseur
SARRJWTHK5D355044
Starlight Silver1951ccCDT Tourer (LHD)
SARRJWTHK5D355042
Firefrost1951ccCDT Tourer
SARRJCLHP5D355037
Tempest Grey1951ccCDT (LHD)
SARRJZLRM5D354524
Pearl Black1796cc1.8T Connoisseur SE
SARRJHLHC5D354180
Tempest Grey1951ccCDTi Classic
SARRJSTHC5D351760
Platinum Gold1951ccCDTi Connoisseur Tourer
SARRJZTHC5D351380
Ski Blue Metallic1951ccCDTi Connoisseur Tourer SE
SARRJZLHP5D351289
Starlight Silver1951ccCDT 100th Edition (LHD)
SAARJZTHP50351225
IAH1951ccCDT Tourer
SARRJZLHX5D350696
BRG Pearl1951ccLongbridge Sterling (LHD)
SARRJZLHP5D350280
Platinum Gold1951ccConnoisseur SE (LHD)
SARRJNTHK5D350159
Firefrost1951ccCDT Tourer Contemporary
SARRJZLHP5D348729
Platinum Gold1951ccLongbridge SE (LHD)
SARRJZTHK4D327397
Firefrost1951ccTourer CDTi
Connoisseur SE
SARRJZTLS4D315620
Starlight Silver (MBB)2497ccCeleste 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 NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim 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 Gold4601ccV8 Contemporary SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000772
British Racing Green4601ccV8 Saloon
SARRXCLGJ5D000771
Raven Black4601ccV8 Contemporary SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000767
Starlight Silver4601ccV8 Contemporary SE
SARRXCLGJ5D000765
Platinum Gold4601ccV8 Contemporary SE
SARRXZLGW5D000738
Black Pearl4601ccV8 Connoisseur SE (LHD)
SARRXZLGJ5D000678
Royal Blue4601ccV8 Connoisseur SE
SARRXZLGJ5D000676
Firefrost4601ccV8 Connoisseur SE
SARRXZLGJ5D000607
Royal Blue4601ccV8 Connoisseur SE
SARRXZTGJ5D000585
Chatsworth4601ccV8 Connoisseur Tourer SE
SARRXZLGJ5D000353
Royal Blue4601ccV8 Connoisseur SE (LWB)
SARRXGLGN4D000215
Chatsworth4601ccV8 Connoisseur SE (LHD)
Ex-Geneva Motor Show car.

MG ZR

VIN NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRFRNBH5D816092
Xirallic Red1396ccZR 105 Trophy
SARRFBNBH5D816065
Starlight Silver1396ccZR+ 105 3-door (LHD)
SARRFLFME5D816005
Ignition Blue1796ccZR Express 160
SARRFXNBH5D815836
Starlight Silver1396ccZR 105
SARRFXNBH5D815226
Starlight Silver1396ccZR 105
SARRFANBH5D814791
Pearl Black1396ccZR Trophy SE
SARRFANBH5D814552
Starlight Silver1396ccZR Trophy SE
SARRFANBH5D813283
Ignition Blue1396ccZR Trophy SE
SARRFANBH5D812853
Trophy Blue1396ccZR 105
SARRFBWBV5D812652
Ignition Blue1396ccZR+ 105 (LHD)
SARRFANBH5D812590
Starlight Silver1396ccZR 105 Trophy SE
SARRFXNBH5D812341
Firefrost1396ccZR 105
SARRFANNC5D811534
XPower Grey1994ccZR Trophy SE TD 115
SARRFAWFD5D811520
Pearl Black1796ccZR Trophy SE
SARRFANFD5D810685
X Power Grey1796ccZR 120 Trophy SE
SARRFLNME5D809976
Firefrost Red1796ccZR 160
SARRFLNME5D809913
Pearl Black1796ccZR 160
SARRFANBH5D808801
Pearl Black1396ccZR Trophy SE
SARRFBNBH5D808406
Firefrost Red1396ccZR+ 105
SARRFANBH5D808790
Ignition Blue1396ccZR 105
SARRFLNME5D807089
Ignition Blue1796ccZR 160
SARRFBWFD5D807441
Firefrost Red1796ccZR 120+
SARRFRNBH5D80641
Ignition Blue1396ccZR 105 Trophy
SARRFAWBH5D805154
Starlight Silver1396ccZR 105 Trophy SE
SARRFXZNBH5D804700
Starlight Silver1396ccZR 105
SARRFLNMED803744
Ignition Blue1796ccZR 160
SARRFLNME5D792698
Pearl Black1796ccZR 160
SARRFXWBH5D787710
Xirallic Red1396ccZR+105 5-Door
SARRFLNME4D760508
Starlight Silver1796ccZR 160

MG ZS

VIN NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRTBLMBRT657799
Firefrost1796ccZS+ 120
SARRTBLMBRT657797
Ignition Blue1799ccZS+ 120
SARRTBLMB5D657529
XPower Grey1589ccZS+ 110
SARRTBLMB5D657424
XPower Grey2497ccZS+ 110
SARRTBWFC5D657125
Starlight Silver1796ccZS+ 120
SARRTBLBG5D657049
XPower Grey1396ccZS+ 105 (Irish)
SARRTVWND5D656509
Black2497ccZS 180
SARRTBLFC5D655824
Royal Blue1796ccZS 120+
SARRTLLLF5D653948
Starlight Silver2497ccZS 180
SARRTLLLF5D653893
Starlight Silver2497ccZS 180
SARRTBWFC5D653799
Ignition Blue1796ccZS+ 120
SARRTBWMB5D653663
Ignition Blue1589ccZS+ 110
SARRTBWM5D653078
XPower Grey2497ccZS 180 (LHD)
SARRTLLLT5D652146
XPower Grey2497ccZS 180 (LHD)
SARRTLLLF5D652402
Firefrost2497ccZS 180
SARRTBWND5D650296
Ignition Blue1994ccZS+ TD115
SARRTBLND5D650247
Silver1994ccZS + TD115
SARRTBLMB5D648166
Black Pearl1589ccZS+ 110
SARRTLLLF5D645039
Firefrost2497ccZS 180
SARRTLLLF5D644976
Ignition Blue2497ccZS 180
SARRTLLLF5D638131
XPower Grey2497ccZS 180

MG ZT

VIN NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRJLTPB5D354536
X Power Grey1796ccZT-T+ 120
SARRJXTTG5D354286
Starlight Silver1796ccZT-T 160
SARRJLTNM5D353015
Pearl Black2497ccZT-T+ 180
SARRJLTPB5D351584
Firefrost1796ccZT-T 120
SARRJLTTGSD351335
X Power Grey1796ccZT-T+ 160
SARRJGTFF5D350386
X Power Grey2497ccZT-T 190 SE
SARRJLLHP5D348269
X Power Grey1951ccZT CDTi (LHD)
SARRJGTFF5D348013
N/AN/AZT-T
SARRJLLFF5D347528
X Power Grey2497ccZT+ 190
SARRJLTHK5D344983
British Racing Green1951ccZT CDT+ 135
SARRJLTHP5D336491
Pearl Black1951ccZT-T Black Axis (LHD)
SARRJLLHP4D327879
X Power Grey1951ccZT CDT+ 135 (LHD)
SARRJLLHP4D324305
X Power Grey1951ccZT 135 (LHD)
SARRJXLEE3D268704
X Power Grey2497ccZT 160+

MG ZT V8


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

VIN NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRXGLGB5D000883
Black Pearl4601ccZT 260 SE
SARRXGLGB5D000882
X Power Grey4601ccZT 260 SE
SARRXXLGJ5D000805
British Racing Green4601ccZT 260 SE Auto
(New Zealand)
SARRXGLGB5D000797
Twightlight Blue4601ccZT 260 SE
SARRXGLGB5D000793
British Racing Green4601ccZT 260 SE
SARRXXLGJ5D000787
X Power Grey4601ccZT 260 Auto
(New Zealand)
SARRXGTGN5D000745
X Power Grey4601ccZT-T 260 SE (LHD)
SARRXGLGN5D000743
X Power Grey4601ccZT 260 SE (LHD)
SARRXXLGB5D000722
Pearl Black4601ccZT 260
SARRXGLGB4D000545
Pearl Black4601ccZT 260 SE
SARRXGTGB4D000484
Black Pearl4601ccZT-T 260 SE
SARRXXLGB4D000450
X Power Grey4601ccZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000352
X Power Grey4601ccZT 260
SARRXXLGB4000327
Starlight Silver4601ccZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000323
Starlight Silver4601ccZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000194
X Power Grey4601ccZT 260
SARRXXLGB4D000190
Starlight Silver4601ccZT-T 260 Auto (LHD)
SARRXGTGB3D000019
Biomorphic Green4601ccZT-T 260 SE
SARRXGLGN2D000007
X Power Grey4601ccZT 260 (LHD)

MG TF

VIN NumberBody colourEngine capacityTrim level
SARRDWBKC5D641734
Sonic Blue1796ccTF 135
SARRDMBEM5D641698
Black1589ccTF 115 (LHD)
SARRDMBEB5D641671
N/A1589ccTF 115 (LHD)
SARRDWBKC5D641658
X Power Grey1796ccTF 135
SARRDMBEB5D641447
British Racing Green1589ccTF 115
SARRDWBKN5D640912
British Racing Green1796ccTF Oxford Edition (LHD)
SARRDMBEB5D640817
Black Pearl1589ccTF 115
SARRDWBKC5D640524
BRG Pearl1796ccTF 135
SARRDLBPC5D640448
Ignition Blue1796ccTF 160
SARRDMBEB5D640466
Sonic Blue1589ccTF 115
SARRDWBKC5D640231
X Power Grey1796ccTF 160
SARRDWBKN4D6314444
Black Pearl1796ccTF Limited Edition (LHD)
Keith Adams

6 Comments

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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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