EVEN A FEW OF MG’S EARLIEST OWNERS CAME A CROPPER
If you’ve ever spun an MGF on a track day or looked in horror at the hedge your classic’s just gone through backwards then spare a thought for Mr RA Kach of Oxford.
He was the lucky original owner of what’s now the oldest vehicle the club has records for, a 1928 MG Super Sports ordered during the previous summer.
The modified Morris Oxford chassis was sent to coachbuilder Carbodies to be fitted with a specially designed body finished in claret and polished aluminium, and after being returned to MG’s Bainton Road facility for the finishing touches, Mr Kach finally had the chance to take delivery and drive his new pride and joy.
He didn’t have long to enjoy the four-seater tourer, with the archives revealing it returned to MG’s service department a few weeks later after being involved in an accident. Among the jobs needed following one of the earliest MG crashes, was new glass for the headlights, repainting one front wing and replacing the other entirely. Repairs to a damaged front wheel, the reassembling of the front axle and trueing up an axle beam were also needed.
Luckily the car wasn’t an insurance write-off. But in MG’s letter to Royal Exchange Assurance, the service manager wrote about how Mr Kach was ‘extremely anxious’ to get his new car back. Within a week Cecil Kimber’s team had it back on the road, with Mr Kach giving the repaired MG his signature of approval in December 1928. The car’s whereabouts are unknown today.