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Key Information

Lot number
18
Sale Price
Not Sold
Make & Model
MG 14/40 Sports
Registration
RF5717
Year
Colour
Engine Size
1,800 cc
Chassis No.
0268818
Engine No.
Documents
Copy information; Irish buff logbook; early correspondance; copy handbook; magazines; NOVA number

Full Description

1929 MG 14/40 Sports

Rare and well documented genuine MG; lots of history; nicely patinated; very usable; first registered in UK but delivered to Ireland in 1929

Well documented by the in the Early MG Society, RF 5717 is listed as a genuine pre-Abingdon MG and is one of  21 14/40s  (of which just five are two-seaters) listed in the Register.

A letter from Staffordshire County Council dated 1982 states that the Staffordshire 'RF' registration number was issued to an Oxford MG on 15th April 1929 for a Mrs Eames who lived in Derbyshire.

It didn't hang around long, as shortly after was taken to Southern Ireland where it has lived until recently. In those days, UK registration numbers were retained so it has worn its original number RF 5717 ever since. It is being sold with a NOVA number and we feel sure its original number could be retained by the new owner with the assistance of the EMGS.

A letter on file states that it was used by a Doctor during the War years and was owned by the O'Callaghan family from thereafter until 1978 - competing in numerous rallies and events in the Dublin, Cork and Clonmel areas. By 1981 it was in the hands of Mr Stynes of Clondalkin before changing hands once more in 2015.

The documents folder comes with information on the model, correspondence with past owners an Irish Buff Logbook dating back to 1936 and copy of the instruction book.

The car itself has an air of originiality to it, both runs and drives and is ready to be enjoyed straight away. We are not sure if it has been fully restored in the past, or simply used and improved as the years have rolled by. The body looks to be largely original to the car (there can be even fewer of those) and it is well presented and looks 'right'.

The current owner has just had the dynamotor (dynamo cum starter) rebuilt by the Cook Group. In refitting, a new gasket was not available so the old one was used which drips a bit - a simple fix.

This is a superb opportunity to own a particularly rare early MG, with continuous history and originality. Cars like this do not come along every day!

For more information - contact Matthew Parkin 07813 936698