M Type 0580
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Current owner: Ian Heather, New South Wales
MMM No: 2383
Information: Built in August 1929 as a 2-seat roadster for the home market.
History: Ian came across M0580 in 1964 as a result of his father buying M0582 as a complete car two years earlier.
M0580 was a derelict. bent, rolling chassis with a heap of bits and a suspected history involving sand racing at Gerringong, NSW. It had a lightening streak painted across the radiator core. Restoration commenced a couple of years later and bonnet, shockers, rocker box cover and steering wheel were sourced via the VSCC UK.
The chassis number was located and Wilson McComb in 1968 provided a side elevation body plan and the dates of manufacture – 27-28 August 1929. Brake pedal pads and the lie of the front cable brakes confirm this dating.
A fabric body based on Ian’s father’s car M0582 was built. A flat windscreen was fitted as a V screen could not be sourced in those days. The original pointed tail frame was sacrificed in 1970 for a square one but reconstructed eleven years later. Barry Walker had the mudguards made in 1978 and a chap across the road from Ian in Blaxland made the louvered body and side valances.
The car is regularly used on rallies on the mainland, Tasmania and N.Z.