Midgets / Posted 11 months ago / 56 views
The Histories of P-Types PA0989 & PA1299 are so interwoven that it seems appropriate to present a combined summary.
Both cars left the factory for Australia in chassis form PA0989 in May 1934 and PA1299 in August.
PA1299 went to Lanes Motors in Victoria where it was bodied as a 4-seater and delivered to a Miss Narrie in October 1934. There are no records of which dealership PA 0989 went to however in the early 50’s it was registered in Victoria GOC 152 changing to HCN 280 in 1956 and was fitted with a 2-seater body.
More is known of the movements of PA1299 after 1952. At some time prior to this date PA1299 moved to South Australia and was owned by John Connors of Clare in the Barossa. In 1952 it was purchased by Peter Spencer of Whyalla and between 1952 and 1960 was restored as a 2-seater. A photo taken during this restoration shows the fitting of 8 inch hydraulic brakes.
PA1299’s next move was via a car dealer named John Kiss to an unknown Victorian and then to Les Craft of Gosford in NSW. Les Craft sold the car to Geoff Ringrose of Sydney who in turn sold it to Wes Southgate of Trafalgar in Victoria in 1970.
In 1971 Wes had a serious accident in PA1299 which left the car as a write off (fortunately not entirely the case). Soon after being released from hospital and whilst still recuperating Wes saw an advertisement in the age for a P-Type (PA0989) fitted with a Morris Minor motor then owned by John Trapp. He purchased it and began to prepare an amalgamation of the two cars. PA0989 retained its chassis, axles, brakes (correct 12 inch) and some body parts and gained engine and gearbox from PA1299 plus a rebuilt body.
The remains of PA1299 languished until 1977 when they were purchased by a desperate Tony Sloan. After a massive effort getting the chassis straight again and repairing the axles; chassis and running gear for PA1299 were again usable. A set of 12 inch brakes were located and the steering box from PA0989 was used. Various mechanical dregs were resurrected to provide an original P-Type engine and gearbox.
A new timber framed and aluminium panelled 2-seater doorless body was made using J3 panels as templates giving a fairly accurate J4 profile. This was completed in 1982.
Wes still has PA0989 and is competing regularly and successfully in a variety of events. Tony also still has PA1299 and apart from an extended period of mechanical rebuilding (the dregs died) has also been active in competition.
Research by Tony Sloan