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Car clubs launch Save Our Zeds campaign

Campaign to save MG ZR, ZS and ZT cars

MG ZR, ZS and ZT cars are fast disappearing from our roads. According to the latest data, some 78% of the sporty MG Rover models have already vanished.

The MG Car Club and Zed Register are hoping to reverse this trend with the launch of Save Our Zeds – a campaign to highlight the decline of Zed MGs and help equip owners with the right tools to keep enjoying and running their cars, rather than consigning them to the scrapheap.

At the end of production in 2006, the total number of cars on the road was 90,191 and today there are just 19,618.

MG ZR in its prime

“This decline in Zed cars is something we as a Club have heard many stories about at classic car events up and down the country,” said Adam Sloman, General Manager of The MG Car Club.

“We are concerned that an important part of the MG brand’s heritage is going to be lost; and future generations are going to miss out on these much loved cars.”

Decline of the Zeds

Model Number (2006) Number (Q3 2018) Cars lost
ZR 51,116 7,964 43,152 -84%
ZS 20,055 5,478 14,577 -72%
ZT & ZT-T 19,020 6,176 12,844 -67%
Z Range 90,191 19,618 70, 573 -78%

Data from

John Thompson, Chairman of the Zed Register, added: “Today’s culture of financial incentives to scrap older cars when purchasing cars on PCP or lease deals versus the cost of repairing an older car appears to rule out repairs as a viable option.

“The Zed range of cars is an affordable way into MG ownership, and the growing Modern Classic scene, with good condition cars available from as little as £350. This makes a Zed car a great option for a young driver as a first car, as well as something fun.

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