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About tough to crack puzzle #166: MGA Special by Panelcraft

About tough to crack puzzle #166: MGA Special by Panelcraft
Our puzzle number 166 was quite a lot tougher than expected, or so it seems. We received one (1!) answer from regular Fried Stohl, counting a beautiful one hundred words exactly and giving all the information hoped for. He wrote: “First thoughts were Triumph TR4 (rims) or even a Sunbeam Alpine. In the end it appeared to be a MG MGA twin cam L4, seen here on a test day in 1960 at the Goodwood circuit. Design came from the D.N. Stephenson project and custom coachwork was done by FLM Panelcraft of London. Registration number 97 PPA. According to the MGAguru.com in 2011 it stated ‘after the test the team celebrated the completion and had one too many’, so the car was wrecked into a railway bridge, the remains were then destroyed in a fire at a MGA club member.”

Well, although a sad end, it’s at least known now! See the source that Fried found here to read a bit more about the car’s unhappy end. Before you start with adding that it’s better for this car to have ended this way, we wanted to let you know once more that we encourage every form of automobile individualism. And so we can only endorse an article from The Autocar magazine, who wrote about the Panelcraft bodied car as ‘An MGA with an attitude’. Oh - congratulations Fried. Well done once again!

(Words editor, pictures Ludvigsen library/The Autocar)


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