L type 0546
Magna / Posted 12 months ago / 59 views
History: F0546 was manufactured on 5 January 1932 and delivered to University Motors where it was fitted with a Carlton Coupe body. It was purchased on 16 February 1932 by David Pittendrigh while he was visiting England and exported to Australia. It was registered Vic 36-363.
Pittendrigh had a racing body built and had a hoist in his garage to swap bodies for racing. The body had a similar rear to the Jennings F-type but had a short bonnet with vertical ends and long scuttle. It was sold in 1946 and again in 1954 – new owners unknown.
In living memory, it was raced by Colin Jones and by then only the racing body existed. It passed to Simon Ramsey, Noel Robson and then to Bill Atherton who took note of chassis number and engine number (still the original). Subsequent owners included Graeme Steinfort, Richard Fearon, Peter Longford, Peter Thomas, Ivan Glasby (who provided a replacement engine ex-Rhodesia), Keith Bradfield and JohnTrewarne. Transaction dates could be worked out, if needed, and every time the car changed hands parts were left behind / modified / replaced etc etc.
Finally, in 2001 Keith Schafferius in Queensland bought the pile of bits from John Trewarne and embarked on a massive rebuild to F2 configuration. This restoration took three years, and in 2006 Keith sold F0546 to Graeme Davies in Melbourne together with the remains of the old racing body.
The car had its first appearance back at its home in Melbourne at the MG Car Club concourse in March 07.
Researched by Tony Sloan