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Kim: A Biography of MG founder Cecil Kimber

Kim: A Biography of MG founder Cecil Kimber

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Publication Date: October 5th, 2023
Dalton Watson Fine Books
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A biography of the man behind the MG.

M.G., the world’s most-loved make of sports car, was created in the 1920s by Cecil Kimber—invariably known as Kim. Rising above disability, with his energy, enthusiasm, and vision Kimber became a leading figure in the British motor industry.

Initially placing sporty bodies on Morris chassis, within a few years he had built M.G. into the leading European manufacturer of sports cars, with an impressive record of competition successes. He survived industrial upheaval only to fall victim to the venomous internal politics of M.G.’s parent company. Sacked from his high-profile job, he was preparing to bounce back when he lost his life in a needless accident.

Respected businessman, wayward husband, and fallible parent—Kimber was a man of surprising contrasts. Here for the first time is the colorful story of the man behind those famous initials.

About the Author

Jon Pressnell is a journalist and automotive historian best known for his contributions to Classic & Sports Car magazine, for which he has written since the 1980s.

Praise for Kim: A Biography of MG founder Cecil Kimber

— Motoring Book of the Year, Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book of the Year Awards

"I knew very little about Kimber and I wanted to enjoy the book, and so read it page by page, never fast forwarding to the future, taking it like a novel. And indeed, every page held something new and interesting. I loved it."
— Veloce Today

"So, tear the shrink wrap off, let the book fall open to whichever page it wants to, read a random sentence. You will find yourself immediately drawn in, no matter where you start."
— Speedreaders