Lost & Found

It’s good to report some success!

Chris Keevill, who is the Early MG Society’s (EMGS) Newsletter editor, enquired a few TTT 2 issues ago, as to the whereabouts of his family’s old T-Types (all of which come up when using the DVLA search enquiry facility).

Information was sought about a cream TD, registration mark AFL 972, chassis number TD9712, which used to belong to Chris’ brother, who is now in Perth, Western Australia. Here’s a period photo of his brother taking part in one of the many driving test competitions that he used to enter.

AFL 972 was traced to current owner, David Barnes (with a little bit of help from Dynamo and Starter Motor electrical engineer, Chris Wallis). David kindly sent a couple of photographs of AFL 972 which were scanned and sent to Chris. Here’s one of them:

David took the trouble to write, giving some history of the car. He bought it from a work colleague in February 1984 and having been off the road for several years, it needed a full body-off rebuild.

When the car was finished, DVLA were not helpful about re-instating the registration mark AFL 972, even though the green log book was produced; an age-related number was allocated instead. Undeterred, David enlisted the help of his Member of Parliament, Edwina Currie, and AFL 972 was once again on the car’s number plates.

One snippet of information about which David may have been unaware when he bought the car is that the TD was fitted with a factory replacement gearbox. When Chris’ bother bought the car from a North London dealer it had a dodgy first gear. The salesman made light of this saying words to the effect that “you don’t need first gear on these”. This was a mixture of good and bad news, the good being that it presented an opportunity to negotiate the price downwards and a deal was done.

As luck would have it, the local village garage happened to have a factory replacement gearbox in stock, which had been ordered in for a customer. The customer had failed to turn up to have the gearbox fitted, so it was surplus to requirements. This being the case the garage generously donated the gearbox!

Chris also sought information about a 1954 TF, which was owned from almost new by his mother. TTT 2 cannot claim credit for tracing MRK 713 (TF 5368) – credit should go to Enjoying MG, the monthly magazine of the MG Owners’ Club. The Owners’ Club ran a feature on the cars formerly owned by Chris’ family in the letters page of the June issue of Enjoying MG. Current owner and Owners’ Club member, Michael Smailes, noticed the feature and got in touch with Chris via the Club. Mike bought the car from Richardson’s of Staines as a 21st birthday present to himself in 1968. Here’s a picture of the TF with Mike’s son in the driving seat and Mike in the passenger seat.

I’ve since been in touch with Mike and I’ve sent him a copy of the Production Record for TF 5368. Originally finished in black cellulose, it was one of 36 TFs built on 6th May 1954. I’ll also be sending him a copy of this TTT 2 issue and a complimentary reproduction sales brochure for the TF.

We still need to help Chris trace his brother’s TC (KNA 494) pictured below:

Just to recap, its chassis number is TC8208, shown from a DVLA enquiry as a maroon TC ‘Not taxed for road use.’

Chris has received some more information about TC8208 from his brother as follows:

“The TC was part exchanged for my Matchless Twin on 5th Jan 1957. 90 pounds for the Matchless against 389 pounds for the MG. Balance to be paid off over 24 months at an interest rate of 12.5% PA. All from Charles Simpson of Staples Corner on the North Circular.”

Chris has managed to find a Charles Simpson advert in Motor Sport of December 1956; this is reproduced below (the prices will make you weep!). His brother’s TC was one of several TCs offered in the advert. Chris thinks that his brother still has the original invoice!

Chris can be contacted at earlymgs(‘at’)icloud.com [please substitute @ for (at)].

Postscript: Chris also enquired about a P-type, registration mark AVK 187, which his brother purchased after TD9712. Unfortunately, he never finished restoring it. A major problem contributed to the unfinished restoration; this was that the car was left outside (as one did in those days) and one cold night it sustained a cracked cylinder block. Unlike today, when virtually every replacement part can be obtained for a Triple-M car, spares were exceedingly difficult to come by back then (the only realistic option being a tour of the local scrapyards).

The car comes up when using the DVLA search enquiry facility as ‘Untaxed, tax due 01 October 2013’. It is chassis number PA0715. I have contacted the Triple-M Register of the MGCC as the car is known to them. Let’s hope they can help!

TA???? (EXP 528)

John Cooper has requested assistance in finding out if his old TA still exists. He can’t remember the chassis number, but says he sold it back in 1971. The car doesn’t come up from a DVLA search enquiry and is not known to any of the MG clubs.

The picture shows him doing some grass track testing in about 1962/3. It had an XPAG engine and 16″ wheels and balloon tyres, all the rage then. j-jcooper(at)ntlworld.com [Please substitute @ for (at)]

TA0635 (CBJ 84)

Dawn Smith is trying to trace this TA, owned by her husband in the late 1960s. It comes up in response to a DVLA enquiry and is shown as being on a SORN notification. Any leads to the editor, please at jj(at)ttypes.org [Please substitute @ for (at)]

TA???? (EKD 635)

Not much to say about this 1938 TA. It was red when owned sometime back and still shows up as red on a DVLA search enquiry which also shows the car as taxed and on the road. Any leads to: charles(‘at’)quinky.co.uk [Please substitute @ for (at)]

TC1198 (GXJ 64)

Adrian Batty is trying to trace this car for his 99 years old father, who bought it in 1946. The photo was taken in 1961 with 21 years old Laurie Bradshaw at the wheel. He purchased the car in Blackpool from a dealer, and his previous maroon TA (EXE 3) was traded in there. EXE 3 was his first car, bought for £80 as a 19 years old student – insurance was £11 p.a.! He remembers it as a highly dangerous machine with almost seized steering and very little in the way of brakes. Any leads to the Editor, please (address given above).