For our video of the week this time, we have an MG factory publicity video that comes to us via Pathé. This film, Sports Car of the Year 1955-56, focuses on the newly introduced MGA. Starting with competition films from Le Mans, the Alpine Rally, and the Mille Miglia.
The MGA, as most readers know, replaced the MG TF 1500 and represented a complete styling break from MG’s earlier sports cars – that styling having been developed for racing and records cars. Announced on September 26, 1955, the car was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A total of 101,081 units were sold through the end of production in July 1962, the vast majority of which were exported. Only 5869 cars were sold on the home market, the lowest percentage of any British car.
While now what one would call “impartial”, period pieces such as this are great for showing the cars in their element and calling into contrast how they were developed and used in the day versus how most people see them now. They weren’t always museum pieces and many of us think that they still shouldn’t be.