Philip Cooke’s 2006 MG ZT-T 260 V8 (with Ford 4.6L V8 engine)

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The MG ZT (sedan) and ZT-T models were the flagship vehicles of The MG Rover Group.

Since many of our readers very familiar with the that led to these vehicles, summarize it quickly here: Leyland Motor Corporation was the company that owned and MG, Triumph, Austin, Rover, through the 1970’s. When collapsed and were nationalized, the name was shortened to just Leyland and car operations were consolidated. The MG Abingdon plant was and its products were discontinued.

Leyland continued to put MG badges on vehicles, including the Metro and sporty subcompacts. In 1986, Leyland was renamed Rover In 1988 they were by British Aerospace. Under ownership, Rover Group the MG RV8 and also developed and launched the

In 1995 Rover Group bought from British by BMW.

Under BMW ownership engineers developed the Rover 75 cars (as well as the new Mini). BMW was paying the bills, and they want the Rover 75 to compete their own BMW models, the Rover 75 was positioned as conservative in styling and In 2000 BMW split Rover three parts, keeping the lucrative (Mini) part for Range Rover went to

Rover’s remaining car products and (including the old Austin plant at were spun-off to become The MG Group.

History will record The MG Rover Group made a valiant effort. After split from BMW, the developed and launched highly-regarded versions of the Rover 75 within one year. As originally introduced, the MG ZT and were essentially Rover 75 with face-lifted styling and up-rated suspensions.

The company a real flagship model, and for they needed a bigger, engine than they produce in house. To create a V8 option, the company worked an outside engine manufacturer, engineering firms, and they had to modify the Rover 75 / MG ZT chassis. The suspension, and braking systems for the new ZT 260 V8 were brand new, and the featured significant modifications.

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Philip Cooke’s MG ZT-T 260 V8

Philip’s car was produced very, very in the ZT 260 V8 model program. According to records, the body was the 23rd Philip’s car was originally registered in as a 2003 model, and it was assigned to the MG Group press office at But it apparently didn’t stay long!

Ownership was transferred to one of MG Rover’s key partners, Roush Industries in Michigan (a Detroit suburb, and yes Roush as in Jack Roush.) used the car for various engineering Interestingly, they titled the car (in as a 2006 model even MG Rover Group actually all production and went into on April 15th, 2005.

a great pity that MG Group ran out of money just as were hitting their in terms of product offering. about 700 MG ZT-T 260 V8 cars were produced. A former MGB V8 owner Philip reports that his is a great driving car with a willing engine. The car is as comfortable at 85mph as it is idling in the driveway.

When the car does need the drivetrain components are all readily and familiar because they’re standard Ford parts right down to the subtle emblem cast into the top of the body assembly!

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