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Don Hayter’s MGB Story - The birth of the MGB in MG’s Abingdon Design & Development Office

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Don Hayter’s MGB Story - The birth of the MGB in MG’s Abingdon Design & Development Office

By Don Hayter
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Paperback • 19x20.5cm • 96 pages • 76 colour and b&w pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845844-60-8

£ 16.99 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Written by Don Hayter, Chief Engineer MG Abingdon
• Features models and prototypes from 1956 to 1980
• Traces the development of the MGB from conception to production
• Details the challenges and restraints on the MGB design teams
• Covers the effects of USA safety legislation on the MGB
• Behind the scenes anecdotes from MG Design & Development
• A personal account of Rally team back-up in the Liege rallies
• Background to the MG record breakers
• Includes a personal account of the MG Design Department closure
• Features photographs previously unseen outside Design & Development


The story of MG Design & Development department, by MG’s Chief Engineer, Don Hayter, this book covers models and prototypes from 1956 to the close of the factory in 1980. Featuring behind the scenes anecdotes and personal accounts MG in its heyday.


This is the inside story of the MG Design office, from 1956 until its closure in 1980. Explaining how the various models were drawn, planned, and developed by the small team of engineers, it also shows how the input and control changed from Morris, Wolseley, Riley Group, Austin-Morris, and Austin Rover. The effects of the Triumph-Austin merger are detailed in model changes, alongside the effects of safety legislation, mainly imposed by the United States.
Trying to remain as individual as possible during this period, MG developed record breakers and a unique Competition Department. Special cars were built and tested, and prototypes for the MGB replacement were drawn up – all in parallel with the development of MG production cars using engines from any part of the BMC company.
The continuing support of the American market was essential and much valued, but the company’s market support prioritised the TR7 – a decision that, ultimately, led to the closure of a successful, happy company.

Independent Reviews

'Imagine sitting down with MG's chief design and development engineer Don Hayter while he tells you first-hand how the MGB came to be. That's just how this book reads, starting ith how it evolved from its predecesor, the MGA, and the streamlined speed record cars that would influence its shape.'
Classic Cars

'You don't have to be an MGB guru to appreciate this book, this book will be a blast from the past for many who worked in the motor trade during 'the good old years' before the axe started to fall and motor . companies outsourced overseas.'
Burton Mail

'Don Hayter joined MG's Design Office in Abingdon, Oxon, in 1956. This book covers his career and the development of the projects he worked on. Chief among these were the MGA and MGB. There's lots of info here, notably on record-breakers and how cars were adapted to meet safety regulations. There are mentions of the Healey Sprite, Midget and MGBV8, but the best is saved for last: Aston Martin's failed takeover.'
Auto Express

'This relatively humble 96-page volume is light and compact enough to go caravanning, but packs in a wealth of insight, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, competition background and production information right up to Abingdon's sad closure. The colious photography only adds to the atmosphere.'
The Caravan Club Magazine

'It will be a treat for the many MGB fans but in fact there's a lot more to it… it's good to have this kind of 'inside story' on Britain's best-selling sports car.'
Classic Driver

'Who better to tell the MGB Story than the car's chief engineer Don Hayer?'
Classic & Sports Car

'Many photographs compliment the fascinating narrative some of which have never been seen before.'
MGB Driver Magazine

Additional Information

Period covered: 1956–1980

Models covered: MGA, MGB, MGBV8, MG Midget, Austin Healeys


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