Back in 1980, British Leyland was bleeding cash, and a decision was taken to close the MG factory, which had been producing the MGB since 1962. There was, of course, a huge outcry, but the fact was that the MGB was ancient and well, well past its prime. Despite the relative success of other MG products, there was a desire for MG to produce once again a real sports car, a desire that took form in the 1995 MG MGF. This two-door, monocoque convertible was everything that a small sports car should be, and although it was a beautiful car, it sported a distinctly conservative style that appealed to its base.
The MGF was powered by an 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with VVT, or variable valve timing, producing 143 horsepower. While that’s not enormous, neither is the car, and it was good enough to give the little convertible plenty of pep! The MGF had a top speed of 126 miles per hour, and accelerated to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. The car took full advantage of its configuration, basically a front-wheel drive system installed behind the cabin and driving the rear wheels, making it a mid-engine car. It was fast, and surprisingly easy to drive hard and on the edge.
The 1995 MG MGF was never produced in significant volume, and was unfortunately not sold in the United States.