t age 82, Alex Mclennan still has a passion for small lightweight sports cars, so it’s no surprise that one of these delightful little 1930s MGS is being restored in his Riversdale garage.
It’s a 1934 PA model — these tiny two-door roadsters were built from 1934 to 1936, and, at 737kg, they were certainly light and nimble. This model benefitted from a sturdier chassis and better brakes. The J-type Morris four-cylinder overheadcamshaft engines ran on three main bearings, and, at 847cc, produced 27kw (36bhp) at 5500rpm, taking these roadsters to a heady 119kph (76mph) with twin SU carburettors. A four-speed gearbox was fitted, and just 1972 of this model were produced.
Alex has spent considerable time getting this MG to its current state, and the quality of work is very impressive.
The MG shares a garage with a collection of rarities, including a lovely bug-eye Austin-healey Sprite and a tiny 1920s Amilcar.
A founding member of the Gore branch of the Vintage Car Club ( VCC) and a past president of the Eastern Southland Car Club, Alex was still involved with club events such as the Gore VCC’S annual Josephville Hill Climb.
All the cars in his collection are restored to a very high standard, and this MG will be no exception once completed.