EVEN A FEW OF MG’S EAR­LI­EST OWN­ERS CAME A CROP­PER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 7 Brilliant Stories -

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.

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