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MG ZR ZS ZT Technical - Half Millionth MG Saloon
|As the main publicity will be on the 1.5 millionth MG Roadster, which is the Jubilee gold car I was with at Longbridge today, it seems that the maintsream press missed out on their half day of maths and the other half school day on English in not reading the information before them.|
As the information clearly stated, the 1.5 millionth MG was also the 1 millionth roadster. So by definition there has to be a half millionth saloon too.
What they missed out on was the fact that an Anthacite ZT-T 190 was that designated half millionth saloon. The identity of this car is obvioulsy known, but there was no fanfare for this car, and quite whether the forthcoming owners will know about it is unknown.
Just a little extra snippet of history.
|Roger and I - being the sad anoraks that we are - sniffed around both the Jubilee TF and the 'hiding-its-light-under-a-bushel' ZT-T to get the VIN numbers ... we're sad people really ... :))|
|we are not alone......|
|So the half-millionth saloon is an estate?|
|Call be an old cynic, but is it very likely that that MG produced the one millionth two seater in the same week that its total production passed 1.5m.|
Me thinks this is the just another example of the fertile imagination of the PR department once again loosing touch with reality and the truth in the search for another story.
No, on second thoughts I am and old cynic and it is true......
|Did a quick calculation and I reckon my ZS180 is MG Number 1,468,213 |
|Anyone know how the Zed comission numbers fit into the grand scheme of things numerically? Be interesting to know if you could look up when your MG was built and how many thousandth MG off the line it happened to be.|
|On my ZS there is a date written on a component (on inside of the grill behind MG Badge) its dated July 27th 2001!|
|As I took part of my ZS apart to fit in car stereo, alot of the moulding dates go much further back than that! It's probably the date of the mould rather than the moulding, considering parts of these cars have been in production for quite a long time!|
|The date I refer to and the date of first registration are not that far apart, my ZS was among the first to be built!|
|There is a very comprehensive breakdown of total MG production which was subject of some pretty exhaustive research prior to the cars being identified. This total breakdown forms part of the press release.|
I was aware many weeks ago that the milestone was approaching and that based on the production volumes that mid April was going to be the time that it appeared. I am certain that some will find some areas of contention with the figures published, but as I found when going through them a while ago, I haven't got the authoritive data to cross reference, excepting the original Maestro Turbo production record, and so we base our perceptions on what previous authors have said.
Even so when you look between respected books on the subject you find many variations that reflect not on the authors, but the poor and incomplete records kept.
Even with incomplete or conflicting records the base line is that you still only move a couple of thousand here and there, which in the scheme of things with production rates would represent only a few days difference in the announcment. On the basis of their access to the most accurate records MG Rover has nailed their flag to the mast in respect of the millionth roadster and 1.5 millionth MG. It is the simple maths that dictated that there must be a 500,000th saloon, or better described as a multi seat fixed roof model! Coincidence pointed to the ZT-T being the car that attracted this label.
|"multi seat fixed roof model"|
Thank you. ;-P
|see my comments on the MGF section - the 1.5 million total may well be correct but the split between open and closed bodywork (A better definition than 'saloon' and 'roadster' IMO) is clearly in "convenient fantasy-land" for the marketing boys......|
This thread was discussed between 16/04/2002 and 20/04/2002
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