October 2014 – 1934 MG PA 2-seater


Built at Abingdon at the latter end of 1934, first registered in Birmingham to Mr R S Marriott on 22nd January 1935. The original dealer, John Bryant and Son Ltd of New Street, Birmingham, from whom Mr Marriott purchased the car, still exists. I believe it deals with motor accessories, etc. and has moved location to the West Midlands.

By the end of 1935 Mr Marriott moved to the Lincolns Inn Fields area in London (from a letter addressed to him at The College of Estate Management in that area). No more is known about the car until January 1956, the original log book having been replaced, either by being full or just lost.

The owner was, by then, John David William Gifford of Wembly, Middlesex.

On 2nd May ’57 the car was registered in the name of Frederik Oborne, Wembley, Middlesex.

In November of that year the car changed hands to the ownership of John Hubert Gehlen of Eastcote, Middlesex who, in 1959, moved to Pinner, Middlesex.

The car was last taxed in June 1963 for 4 months and not again until after I re-built it and re-licenced it in March 1989.

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It could be assumed that he owned it when it was sold to Mike Allison in 1963.

It could also be assumed that Mr Gehlen was the guy who sold it to Mike Allison in 1965 (I believe).

He was considering using it as a “donor” for spares until, in 1968, Eddie Gosling of Wantage (now sadly deceased) saved it from this fate and bought it from Mike for the princely sum of £35. Eddie never got past stripping the car before illness prevented further work. Eddie was my boss at Harwell and, knowing that I had once owned a TC, asked if I would be interested in buying it as a re-build project. I thus bought it for the same sum as a pile of bits in April 1972 (or thereabouts).

Following the re-build I was forced to accept an “Age Related” registration number (SSU 403) under the DVLC ruling in force at that time. However the car’s original number has now been restored to the car. This came after much lobbying of Parliament by the Federation of Historic Vehicles Clubs (FHVC) and some personal lobbying by the owner through his MP.

Owner: John Harris
 MG PA 2-seater
Month/year of manufacture:
 Built in 1934, first registered in January 1935
 Two tone blue (formerly red with red trim)
Engine size/type:
 850cc, overhead cam, cross flow
 36 (ref. Blower manual) may be slightly more since re-built by Mike Allison
Top speed:
 76 mph (have done this and a tad more)
Gearbox type:
 4 speed crash box
 Wantage, Oxon
Date purchased:
 April 1972 (approximately)
Pet name of car:
 “Old Girl” if I’m happy, “Cow” if I’m not

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