Vin­tage pas­sion

New Zealand Classic Car - - Report -

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.

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