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Exceptional MGs at Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance

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“95 Years of MGs” is the title of two special display classes featured at the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance at Ault Park on Sunday, June 9. Included are several cars with significant provenance as well as others considered to be among the finest examples of the marque in the world. Here’s a brief preview.

Cars range in age from the 1932 F1 Magna Stiles Special (above), termed a “Threesome” because of its unique rumble seat, to a 400 horsepower 1985 Metro 6R4 Rally Car (below) produced by Rover after the 1980 closing of the venerable factory in Abingdon where the classic MGs were made for half a century.

17 MGs selected for display at Cincinnati Concours

While MG is best known for its classic British sports cars, the company also produced saloons (sedans) and four-seat open cars referred to as a tourer. Among those featured are the VA, SA, Arnolt and Magnette models.

This 1933 MG J2 Roadster belongs to — and was restored by — Tom Metcalf. It’s shown here at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where it won Best in Class – Sports Pre-War.

Here are Reed and Jan Tarwater in their two-tone blue 1936 MG PB. The restoration was completed in 2014, and the car has been capturing the attention of concours judges and spectators ever since. There may be lots of attractive cars at any show, but this little roadster is downright beautiful. It’s proportions and lines are just right. The blue paint shows well in any light and it’s not overtly shiny.

The MGs assembled for the Cincinnati Concours are an excellent representation of the marque. There are historic racecars, pioneering sports models, elegant touring cars with wood veneer trim, rare coach-built examples, and durable left-hand-drive roadsters that provide a lot of bang for the buck on today’s roads.

In the interest of full disclosure, there’s a 1953 MG TD that took up residence in my house back in 1988. It’s a dependable driver that proves so-called problems with Lucas components are fake news.

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