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As con­cept cars go, the 1986 MG EXE-E was tan­ta­lis­ingly close to pro­duc­tion pos­si­bil­ity. In the­ory, at least. The idea of a mid-en­gined supercar to sex up the Austin Rover range came from Roy Axe, who was the de­sign head at the time. He owned a Fer­rari 308 GTB in the early 1980s, and thought it might be a nice way of show­ing off his team’s de­sign tal­ent by cre­at­ing some­thing sim­i­lar. The styling came to­gether quickly in the early months of 1984, while un­der­neath, the EX-E was based on the un­der­pin­nings of the Group B MG Metro 6R4. It was put to­gether by BL Tech­nol­ogy in Gay­don, with the in­ten­tion of a lim­ited pro­duc­tion run. At its launch, at the Turin Mo­tor Show in 1986, the press was ab­so­lutely stunned by how in­cred­i­ble it looked – and the pub­lic waited in vain for it to go into pro­duc­tion. Sadly, that never hap­pened.


No ques­tion – this was about money. Austin Rover was con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting its mid-range cars into pro­duc­tion, and the EX-E was not part of the pro­gramme. How­ever, as Roy Axe later said: ‘Was there ever a mar­ket for this car?’ Lim­ited sales of the sim­i­lar Honda NSX proved him right.

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