.......1 question I have and wondering if anyone can explain, is that well we all know the company went under in 2005 and yet the latest regy mg cars I've come across have been at latest the end of 05 and very rarely an early 06 plate but the 1 I have just bought has a 2007 reg and I double checked it is legit and was first registered in march of 2007! How is this as it's 2 years after the company shut down.... anybody? ....
Whilst volume production ended in early April 2005, the administrators did have a limited number of key line workers back in to finish off a quantity of nearly complete cars in around June 2005, and then (after the Chinese had removed the lines and other equipment, and XPart had been in and stripped some of the remaining part assembled cars for part stock), they then had these workers back again to build up as many complete cars as they were able to from the components still in the factory stores - a member of this forum was one of those workers (ts autos).
The administrators held back cars in stock and released them in batches to the dealers over the next few months to ensure some continuity of supply in the hope that new owners would restart production - the final batch were released to the dealers in March 2006.
I think the claims that there were 'airfields full' of unsold brand new MG Rover cars was proven to be a myth at the time (nearly all the ones that were in off site storage were ex lease cars).
Whilst some dealers cleared their stocks of new cars at reduced prices and got out quickly, others stayed the course and some unsold cars remained in stock for several years. Due to changes in emissions regulations at the beginning of 2006 (which the MG Rover cars didn't comply with), the administrators of MG Rover applied for a dispensation to allow stocks of new MG and Rover cars to be sold - this exemption was supposed to run for 3 years from the date of the last car being manufactured (at the time it was stated that all MGR cars should be registered by August 31st 2008). The result is that there were new cars still in some dealers stocks and being registered as new until the exemption expired, so the last remaining cars would have been registered on on 08 plate. Whilst they are few and far between, you do occassionally come across cars with 56 and 07 plates, and less often a 57 or 08. There have even been reports of one or two cars slipping through the net a being registered on a 58 plate (one which was verified was an Ignition Blue MG ZS which was in use by the security team at Longbridge for a couple of years - there are some pics somewhere on the forum).
Despite the year of registration, these cars will all have been manufactured in 2005, and will have been stood in a showroom or forecourt for the intervening time. Some of the 2006 and 2007 registered cars have an off-assembly date which was some weeks or months before MG Rover went bust.
On an 07 plate, this could possibly be one of the very last built, so may be worth checking out the details on www.mg-rover.info
. the very last 75/ZT recorded on the build records had VIN/serial number of 355194.
Sounds a nice tidy example, but you won't be fitting the ZS 11 spokes to it - the 75/ZT has five wheel bolts where the ZS only had 4. They did factory fit the same style of wheel to the 'SE' versions of the ZT though, so you should be able to find a set of those.