M Type 2712
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Information / History:
BRIAN FLOWERS’ M-TYPE
Chassis 2M2712, original engine number unknown*
Registered in UK as BG 168, MGCC MMM No. 1221
*Could be MG247?A based on close by chassis/engine numbers
During 1974 when I was living in London, Brian and some others (in the MG Car Club in Sydney) contacted me and asked me to locate an interesting pre-war MG for them to purchase. I found an F-Type for sale which Brian agreed to buy and I negotiated the purchase and shipment to Sydney for him.
When I was contacted by an old school friend who knew of almost completely restored M-Type for sale I offered this to potential Australian buyers. Brian decided to buy that too so it was duly shipped to Sydney.
The sellers were two brothers, Roy and Rex Sevier, in their 20s with whom I had a passing acquaintance at school. They had already restored a 1920s Rolls Royce to award winning condition. They had bought it from M.S. Allcock who wrote on the receipt “To purchase of M.G. ‘M’ BG 168 at price offered of 250 pounds as seen, tried and approved – spares included” on 22 August 1968.
Mr Allcock had rebuilt the car over three years after purchasing it in a laid up condition. He provided a list of what parts he had bought and the work he had outsourced and stated “The car is in good running order but there are a number of faults yet to be rectified (none serious).” There were eight listed and a list of spares included in the sale.
The Sevier Brothers exchanged letters with T Wells in October 1970 regarding body plans and he wrote back on MGCC letterhead so was probably on the MMM Register’s Committee. Also they asked Barry Walker for spares availability and he sent a reply with a catalogue dated 1 January 1974 (the prices on which make interesting, if not mind boggling, reading today!).
1974 is a long time ago! I can remember inspecting the car to give Brian a detailed description but cannot remember whether I saw if anything was missing (with two exceptions see below). Thus I do not know at this stage whether it had a windscreen, hood bows, dashboard, instruments, electrical equipment, steering column etc. – but I presume so. The engine and gearbox were included but I cannot remember whether they had been overhauled. I believe the brothers had accumulated a complete car as I know they had the clear intention of driving it when it was finished in Vintage Sports Car Club events and possibly even Rolls Royce Owners Club events!
At some point in the restoration process they decided to sell the car and buy and restore another – possibly another RR.
However, I did see that the correct front mudguards and the louvred chassis valence on each side was missing. So, knowing Brian would find it difficult to find replacements in Australia, I set about an appropriate search. By good fortune from asking around ‘the traps’ I managed to find these parts newly remanufactured by a chap who was building the “Excalibur” Mercedes replicas. A customer had ordered them but neither paid for or collected them. He said that if that person ever turned up he would make them again. These parts were added to the shipment.
My file on the purchase for Brian is in storage at present and I will not be able to access it until mid April 2017. It is likely to reveal more pertinent information.
Brian lived in Sydney and already had a TF in the early seventies which was registered. He later acquired an original, tidy and registered ZB varitone from a chap called Dick Hennessy and it was registered CVX 111 – from memory. At some point in time (in any order!) he retired, moved to Kurrajong and acquired an MGB GT and a Buchanan MG.
From several conversations with him over the years he indicated that he had not made any progress with the restoration of either the F or the M-Type. I did ask him at one stage for first refusal if he decided to sell the F-Type on the basis that I was the chappie who found it for him! He simply replied that I would have to negotiate that later with his daughter from his estate.