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MG

18/80 mark I , 1931

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Make
MG
Manufacturer
MG Car Company Ltd.
Location Made
Abingdon
Accession Number
1980-1-59
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
6 cyl, 2468 cc, 60 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
80 mph (129 km/h)
Body Style
Tourer
Price When New
£525
Materials
metal, wood, textiles
Dimensions
3987mm (l), 1549mm (w), 1450mm (h)
Location
Museum

The 18/80, introduced in 1928, was the first specially designed MG and it was also the first to carry the radiator design, which was to become a distinguishing feature of the marque for the next thirty years.

Having a Morris six-cylinder engine, the 18/80 became known as the 'Quick Six'. A range of body styles were available, from an open two-seater up to a saloon. The Mark I Speed Model of 1930 had a light, fabric, four-seater body and to live up to its name, it was sold with a guaranteed top speed of 80 mph.

This car was found on Dartmoor in the 1950s, when the MG Car Company rebuilt it and fitted an engine from a Mark II saloon.