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Launch of the MG 1100 – Happy Birthday!

The MG 1100 was launched on the 17th October, 1962 at the 47th International Motor Exhibition held at Earl's Court, London, just 2-months after the launch of the Morris 1100 and almost a year ahead of the Austin 1100.

Fitted with twin SU HS2 carburettors and with a compression ratio raised from 8.5:1 to 8.9:1 the MG 1100 offered significantly improved performance over the Morris, capturing the true spirit of the MG marque.

The 1962 MG 1100 show car was a 4-door model finished in Smoke Grey over Old English White with a Reef Blue interior but on the show’s opening day Motor magazine carried an MG advert which featured a 2-door model however much to the disappoinmentt of many, the 2-door model was only made available to export markets.

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Earls Court Motor Show, 1963 – UK

Open from 16th to 26th October, 1963 the 48th International Motor Exhibition held at Earl's Court, London is perhaps today remembered in ADO16 circles for the unveiling of what was to become the Vanden Plas Princess – a prototype based on an MG 1100 was the idea of Fred Connoly; the car had been re-upholstered for Fred in the finest Connoly leather and indeed attracted considerable attention.

However, the Austin 1100 had only been launched one month earlier – with the ADO16 range already comprising both the Morris 1100 and the MG 1100 the car was creating quite a stir in British motoring circles.

This rare footage from the East Anglian Film Archive has no shortage of ADO16 material.

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Authi MG 1100

Following suit with the UK, the Authi MG 1100 was the next ADO16 version to be released in Spain after the Authi Morris 1100 had become available in January, 1967...

...the Authi MG 1100 was made available in July, 1967 and would continue until September, 1968, a period during which 8781 examples were built.

Perhaps most interesting of the Authi MG 1100 was the interior – this was a copy of that seem in Italy in the Innocenti IM3. In the UK the ADO16 was marketed very much as being able to seat 5-adults in comfort but in Spain, AUTHI took a far more pragmatic approach as had the Italians, the ADO16 was a comfortable 4-seater.

With thanks to Dean Gray and Rufino Gómez Santamaría for the research.

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