M.G.0872  

 

Chassis No.:

 0872

 

Model:
Midget

 

 

Owner:

 Ian Mawson

 

Year of Production:

 1930

 

Original Engine No:

 

Current Engine No:

Current Reg:

Date acquired: 1979

History:

Following the MG M type’s stunning victory in the JCC Double Twelve Hour race at

Brooklands in 1930, a car was entered in the 24 hour Grand Prix d’Endurance at Le

Mans later that year.  The body differed from the Double Twelve cars by having a

handsome upswept scuttle, large rear petrol tank, and side mounted spare wheel.

 

Forty years later Graeme Steinfort engaged Syd Ward to replicate the Le Mans body

in aluminium, for the car which he had purchased from John Lawson, who had

bought it from Alan King.

 

Graeme sold the dismantled car with an attractive heap of Phoenix engine innards to

Ian Mawson in 1979, who created a very potent motor car.  Grang-Grang first

appeared at the National Meeting in Adelaide in 1981, showing people how well an M

type could be made to go.   At a later meeting in Adelaide, Ian demonstrated in a

motorkhana how lots of grip, grunt and steering lock can actually tip it over.  Since

then it has been frequently and reliably used in competition and on the road, and is

admired for its sharp stimulating exhaust note.