More archived images sent through to us from Mike, owner of our 1960 MGA.
MDJ 783 MGA 1588CC MRK 1
HISTORY AND OWNERSHIP
I bought this beauty as my first car on 17th June 1970, from a friend who in 1975 bought it back from me.
In 1980, as my best man, he drove me to my wedding in it.
Subsequently, around 1985, he gave the car to his wife as part of their divorce settlement.
This lady happened to be a childhood friend (Les) from the age of 12 and in 2019 I tracked the car down to her new address in Shropshire, where it had lain in a barn for 28 years.
As a member of Porsche Club GB, in March 2019 I attended an Open Day at Bridge Classic Cars, Woodbridge, Suffolk. I was highly impressed with their operation and discussed the possibilities of restoring the MGA. Resulting from this, I contacted Les and bought it back from her at the agreed price.
The original intention was to re-commission the car to roadworthiness. HOWEVER, as the inspection and dismantlement progressed, the only option was to be a total restoration. As the owner of Bridge Classic put it, my car was: “A perfect example of hidden secrets”!
At the time of writing, the car is 80% finished to Concours condition.
First Registered to McLean & Appleton Ltd Motor Dealers. St Helens. Lancs. 01/07/1960
1st Owner: David Longshaw, Hale. Cheshire. 12/01/1961
2nd Owner: John Wainwright, Stalybridge. Cheshire. 16/01/1962
3rd Owner: M.E.J. Clements, Burton upon Trent. 30/12/1966
4th Owner: M.C. Colyer, Burton upon Trent. 17/06/1970
5th Owner: M.E.J. Clements, Burton upon Trent. 1975
6th Owner: Mrs. Leslie McLurg, Newport. Shropshire. 1985
7th Owner: M.C. Colyer, Barford. Norfolk. 12/07/2019
Michael C. Colyer 06/04/2020