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MGF and TF: The Complete Story [Hardcover]

David Knowles
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20 Sep 2010
In the wake of the demise of the MG Midget and MGB, there seemed little prospect for the MG badge beyond being used as a kind of 'GTi' badge for various Austins and Rovers. However, thanks to the determination of a few people - and an enduring affection in public hearts - the tale has had a happier ending. This is the story of that journey - from desolation to rebirth, just like the phoenix from which the project that created the MGF took its name.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (20 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847972020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847972026
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 19.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My interest in British sports cars came - as I'm sure is the case for many others - at an early age. Dinky and Corgi Toys helped fuel the fascination of a young boy, with a cream-coloured Austin-Healey 100 a particular favourite, but for me it was also the regular journeys past the famous MG car factory at Abingdon, where the bustle of new MG and Austin Healey cars coming and going added to the sense of excitement. The next step was when a family friend changed his dull Standard Vanguard for a pretty British Racing Green MGB GT. This was 1967, and I was just eight years old - and so could easily fit into the diminutive back seat - and so trips out in this sleek, sexy sports car helped cement my early passion for all things MG. When I was at school in later years, one of my teachers bought himself an MGB GT V8 - rather different to the Hillmans and Fords of his colleagues - and the sight and sound of this potent but still compact sports coupe at school helped make me determined to acquire one for myself when I was old enough. Eventually I did manage to buy my first MG - a BGT - followed a few years later by a basket-case MGB GT V8 destined to become a major restoration project. I still have that car today. In the meantime, however, I had begun to be interested in finding out more about these cars which had become such a passion, and along the way joined the two major British MG clubs - something I recommend to any other burgeoning enthusiasts. This helped put me in touch with some of the fantastic people who actually designed, built and sold these great cars, and the rest, as they say, is history. Along the way, my scope has widened - so one of my books, for example, is about the Triumph TR7, another car from my youth. My philosophy with all of my books has always been to dig deep and above all else try to delight and surprise you, my readers. Too many writers - in my view - rely on the lazy journalistic practice of regurgitating the work of others. There are clearly others who may be better wordsmiths than me, whose prose is more cunningly or wittily crafted, and whose style I often admire. But I hope that if I am to be credited for anything, it will be for the determined presentation of new and original material, as much of it as possible sourced from the people who really deserve the credit for these great cars. You, I hope, will be the judge - and if I entertain you as I inform you, then I will be happy, for these cars are part of my own story - and perhaps of yours too. Let us celebrate together a common dream!

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About the Author

David Knowles is a civil engineer and an acknowledged expert on MG. He is the author of the seminal MG The Untold Story and many books on the MGB.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
...but how wrong was I!! This is a fantastic book filled with loads of unseen pictures (I particularly like the MGF Speedster) and a good account of the car from gestation through to the final NAC MG TFs.

I though I knew pretty much everything there was to know about the history of the MGF (being an owner of 2 MGFs and a TF and a huge MG fan) but this book certainly taught me a thing or two.

Highly recommended read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 14 Jan 2013
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If you want a detailed but readable book covering the history, development and life of the F and TF this is it. Full of interesting pictures the writer tells it as it is - both the successes and failures; and Rover had plenty of them. A must have for all MG addicts like me!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MGF & TF 20 Oct 2011
By wilcote
Format:Hardcover
Excellent book, well researched well illustrated and very informative, with good quality binding, a must read for any owner or prospective owner of this much maligned but excellent motor car
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you need if you life MG F and TF 4 Mar 2013
By Victor Meldrew Mk2 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I own an MG TF 54 registration and believe that it is a classic car. No it is not the origiginal TF, nor is it one of the much loved B or C. What it is is a car which was designed and built during a difficult time for BL and ultimately the Rover Group.

This book covers the development story behind the F and the struggle to intrduce innovation against a back drop of austerity and political wrangling. What was eventually produced was a mid engined two seat sports coupe with a drop top which outsold the MR2 and MX-5 in Europe for each of the years when it was in mjaor production.

The author goes on to illustrate what an achievement this was, in particular the negotiations with BMW to get the car into production.

I really found this book enlightening and it made me realise what we missed in terms of development during the 70's, 80's and 90's, which with sufficient investment in the right place and without political involvement might have been. A must have if you want to know more about the rise and fall of this fantastic two seat sports car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MG TF story 2 Oct 2013
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It was a first rate read into the rise and demise of the iconic MG sports car range, killed off by BMW
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