MG 14/28

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MG 14/28
1925 MG Morris Oxford 14-28 5853058996.jpg
Morris Oxford four-seater tourer early 1925
Overview
Manufacturer MG
Production 1924–1927
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door, 2- and 4-seater open tourer
2-door coupé (Salonette)[1]
Powertrain
Engine 1802 cc four-cylinder, side-valve.
Transmission three-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 106 inches (2705 mm)[1]
Length 150 inches (3810 mm)[1]
Chronology
Predecessor none
Successor MG 14/40

The MG 14/28 Super Sports is a sports car that was launched in 1924. It was the second line of cars produced by W R Morris's MG company. The first line of cars were 1548cc Morris Oxfords fitted with a two-seater body supplied by Charles Raworth & Sons of Oxford. They were built at first in small premises in Alfred Lane, Oxford moving in 1925 to a larger site shared with Morris Motors Limited radiator factory at Bainton Road, Oxford.[1] The badge on the front of the car still read Morris Oxford, MG badges were not to appear on the car's nose until 1928[2] but they did appear below the Morris badge on the honeycomb of the last of the 14-28 cars which had flat nose radiators.

Enamelled badge on an early MG car.jpg

Cecil Kimber had rebodied a few Morris cars with coachwork to his own design but in 1924 he started to advertise "our popular M.G. Saloon" built on the Morris 14/28 Bullnose radiator, Oxford chassis.[1] The basic chassis was collected from the nearby Cowley factory and slightly modified and the engine mildly tuned. They were then fitted with attractive aluminium panelled bodies painted in two colours with in 1924/5 bolt on artillery wheels with Ace discs and in 1925/6 bolt on wire spoke wheels.

Morris Oxford 14-28 open two-seater 1926

From late 1924 front wheel brakes were fitted. Suspension was by half-elliptic leaf springs at the front and three-quarter elliptics at the rear. The top speed was approximately 65 mph (105 km/h).[1]

A fabric-bodied saloon model was added to the range in 1926. In late 1926 Morris updated the Oxford dropping the distinctive Bullnose radiator in favour of a flat one and widening the chassis thus requiring a re-design of the body. H. N. Charles was employed by Kimber to do this [1] and at the same time the basic chassis received improvements by Morris Garages to braking and suspension taking the MG car further away from its Morris roots. The revised car was heavier and the top speed dropped to around 60 mph (95 km/h). Other changes were half-elliptic springs at the rear and a Solex carburettor replacing the SU on the earlier car. The brakes received assistance from a mechanical servo.

The 14/28 was replaced by the very similar 14/40 in 1927, after approximately 400 had been built.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Green, Malcolm (1997). MG Sports Cars. Godalming, UK: CLB. ISBN 1-85833-606-6. 
  2. ^ a b Baldwin, N. (1994). A–Z of Cars of the 1920s. Devon, UK: Bay View Books. ISBN 1-870979-53-2. 

External links[edit]

Flatnose 14-28 identification