The MG motor car company
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Founding of the MG motor car company
Morris Garages was founded by William Morris in Oxford, England, but no cars were marketed as MG's until 1924 at which time a new separate brand identity was deemed desirable for sports cars separate to the existing Morris brand
Facts and Information about William Morris
Lifespan: 1877 - 1963
Date of Birth: 10th October 1877
Date of Death: 22nd August 1963
Married: To Elizabeth Anstey
Background of William Morris
William Morris was born in Worcester England. At the age of 15 he became an apprentice to a local bicycle repairer shop, later he acquired a small garage where he repaired, sold and hired cars. William Morris married Elizabeth Anstey on the 9th April 1904, but the couple never had any children. William Morris was made a Viscount in 1938 and he founded the Nuffield Foundation in 1943 to “advance social well being” and also founded the Nuffield College. Having no children, following his death in August 1963, a large amount of his fortune was bequeathed to charitable causes. It is of note that Nuffield Place, William Morris's former home, is open to the public.
History Timeline of MG Cars
The following company information and history timeline details the dates of major events which influenced the growth of the business.
1877: William Morris was born.
1902: In 1902 William Morris set up a garage in Longwall Street Oxford where he repaired and sold cars.
1912: William Morris produces his first car, the Morris Oxford Bullnose. It was named Oxford in recognition of its home city, and Bullnose to describe it's distinctive radiator shape.
1914 – 1918: During WWI the car factory produced Ammunition.
1919: Car production recommenced.
1921: Cecil Kimber joined Morris Garages as Sales Manager.
1922: Cecil Kimber was promoted to General Manager (Cecil Kimber with Morris founded MG).
1924: In 1924 Morris Garages were advertising the "MG Special four-seater Sports" The badge still read Morris Oxford, MG badges did not appear until a few years later.
1927: William Morris purchased the bankrupt Wolseley Motor Company.
1928: The MG Car Company Limited became separate from the original Morris Garages and the Morris Minor was launched.
1929: This was the year of the Wall Street crash, which started the Great Depression, and the car business was badly affected. Morris Garages moved to Abingdon and became the MG Motor Company and William Morris was created a baronet.
1930 - 1939: As the economy recovered from the stock market crash Motor Car companies thrived and less wealthy people began to purchase motor vehicles. In 1930. Cecil Kimber became managing director. In 1938 William Morris was made a Viscount and he become Lord Nuffield, he also purchased Riley and Autovia and formed the Nuffield Organisation.
1939 - 1945: WW11. Production and design of motor cars basically ceased as all manufacturing resources became involved with the war effort. In 1941 Cecil Kimber fell out with Lord Nuffield over procuring wartime work and was asked to resign. Cecil Kimber was killed in a freak railway accident in 1945.
1952: The Nuffield Organisation merged with the Austin Motor Group and formed the British Motor Corporation.
1968: British Leyland was formed and BMC became part of it.
1975: The company was nationalized after it ran into financial difficulties.
1980: The Abingdon factory was closed and MGB production ceased.
1984: The Morris Ital was the last Morris-badged car.
1988: British Aerospace bought the company.
1994: BMW bought the company.
2000: In 2000 BMW decided to sell as Rover was making losses. MG became part of MG Rover Group based at Longbridge Birmingham.
2005: MG Rover went into administration and Nanjing Automobile, a Chinese carmaker, purchased the assets.
2007: SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) took over Nanjing Automobile company.
What models and types of cars and automobiles does the MG motor car company produce?
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