1938 Austin 12/6 Goodwood Cabriolet
Owned by our vendor since 1975 - at the same
address as it was first registered in 1938; unusual cabriolet body; in need of
restoration but surprisingly
This Goodwood bodied Austin was
first registered to Miss Mary Melliar Betton-Foster of Overton Grange, near
Ludlow in 1938. Until the early 1960s, Miss Betton-Foster continued to own the
car, registering it at subsequent addresses in Cowes on the Isle of Wight,
Somerset, Weymouth, Kent, Central London and Essex so it has certainly travelled
some miles over the years.
One of the three buff logbooks that accompany
the car, document its second recorded owner as returning the car to
Shropshire before passing it to our vendor in 1975, who by a fabulous quirk of
coincidence resides at the original home of the car in Overton, Ludlow! This
Austin has truly gone full circle back to its roots and is reluctantly being put
up for sale, due to ill health.
that our vendor started to tinker with the car in the early 1980s
and although no stranger to unusual vehicles, time and space led the
Austin to take a back seat to other cars being worked on in the same
Known as ‘Matilda,’ she was worked on
every so often, the engine being turned and fired up, the brakes being released
and the tyres being inflated and in 2002 it seems our vendor put a proper budget
together to get her back on the road for the cost of approximately £1,000.
Although some of this was spent on materials and labour, the project never
really took off and their remains plenty of work to be done. Structurally it is
not as bad as it might look to some and we understand that it has been kept
inside since the 1970s.
registration MG 6046 is no longer recognized by the DVLA, but it is not assigned
to any other vehicle either and there is a 1984 letter on file from Swansea
implying that once restoration is finished, this registration could be put back
on the car. This would of course need some more contemporary confirmation from
them now but it’s a good start on what could be made into a very presentable and
rare motorcar with relative ease.Further information