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Labour of Love

    A pre-war MG, bought as a basket case wreck has been lovingly restored and is now better than new, in included in the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Thursday 8th June.

    “To say the MG was bought as a project makes it sound much better than it was as it was in a very sorry state indeed.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Thankfully the owner was more than handy with a spanner and undertook a complete restoration of the MG.”

    The MG VA rolled off the production line in 1939. Very much a sports saloon, with its 1.5 litre engine, twin carburettors and Art Deco interior, it was only made from 1937 to 1939 as the outbreak of war stopped production.

    The MG failed an MOT in 1969 and was rolled into a garage. The owner planned to restore the car and in 1970 it was partially dismantled. It remained in its dismantled state for the next 45 years until it was rescued by the current owner. Over the next 5 years the car was lovingly restored the car carrying out all the work himself apart for some engine work and a respray which he felt best left to the professionals.

    Having enjoyed restoring the car rather than driving the car, the owner has decided to let a new custodian use and enjoy the MG.

    Estimated at £10,000-12,000, this beautifully restored 1939 MG VA will be a great addition to any car collection, is ready for classic car shows or for lazy summer picnics, when it goes under the Charterhouse gavel on Thursday 8th June in their classic & vintage car auction

    Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for this specialist sale being held at the prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford.. Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse Auctioneers can be contacted on 01935 812277 or email

    Before and after – the 1939 MG VA, now fully restored, estimated at £10,000-12,000 in the Charterhouse auction of classic & vintage cars on 8th June