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Cecil Kimbers Last MG

Imagine you’re sixteen years old and spot a derelict saloon in a collapsed shed. Immediately you think “I want that car!" But then it takes another six years before you can finally call it your own. That’s what happened to Malcolm Simmonds who spotted a forlorn looking MG VA saloon. No stranger to old cars as he used to tinker with them at his grandfather’s garage, he liked the look of the black MG and wanted to own it. However, at that time (1988) the then owner didn’t want to sell. Malcolm regularly went back to check on the saloon, only to find (in 1992) that it had disappeared. Stolen! Bad luck, but Malcolm started to check the car ads in several magazines until he spotted one that could be “his” MG. And it was! Even then it took several years of legal hassle before the MG was returned to its rightful owner, who then decided he would sell it to Malcolm.

As a new owner of the MG VA saloon Malcolm was invited to a meeting of the SA, VA and WA register of the MG Car Club. There he met VA guru Bas de Voogd, who immediately spotted the license plate CBL 192 and knew that this 1939 VA had been a factory demonstrator and was used by Cecil Kimber -the general manager of MG- as his personal transport. Even after Kimbers death in early 1945 the VA stayed in the family until the early fifties. Indeed a very special MG VA saloon, still in preserved unrestored condition. Read the full story of this MG VA’s amazing history in the November issue of The Automobile, out now!

(text and photos Rutger Booy)


#4 2017-10-12 17:41
I saw this car at Goodwood in September You just knew it was something special. Was the left sidemount spare tire unique to this car? An SA I have seen in Ohio did not have that feature.
#3 2017-10-12 11:48
Why does the registration plate look much less 'weathered' than the rest of the car? Didn't the MG factory put 'any old no. plate' on a car used for publicity purposes? Does this plate appear on other publicity photos?
#2 2017-10-12 10:02
in 1967 a 6 cylinder MG with a jackall system fitted to it came into the garage i was apprenticed in for its MOT, it would have cost £50 to pass the test so the owner said just to scrap the car, i asked the manager if i could buy the car for £1 a week he said ok, but my Father said i was not to bring that piece of junk home, he did come to regret that decision ,
#1 2017-10-12 09:02
You might want to correct the typo on Cecil Kimber's date of death. He was killed in a rail accident at Kings Cross on February 4th 1945.

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