MG Rover's Longbridge plant on the outskirts of Birmingham today (Tuesday) built the 1.5 millionth MG car since production began in an Oxford Morris dealership in 1924.

The 1.5 millionth MG is a new TF 160 roadster. In celebration of the Queen's golden jubilee (50-year reign) this year, it is painted in 'Jubilee' Gold with special badging.

The proportion of roadster and sports saloon models produced by MG runs at exactly 2:1, with the MGB itself accounting for one third in its own right.

In 1977 a similar project produced a specially prepared MGB GT finished in blue paintwork with silver jubilee livery, to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee. This car was sold to raise money for charity.

The Golden Jubilee TF will be participating in a motoring cavalcade that finishes in the Mall in London on 4 June and in between, will be used to raise money, with the proceeds going to one of the Queen's nominated golden jubilee charities.