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MG Enthusiast|February 2020
Paul Moran’s beautifully restored 1933 Midget J2 comes with some interesting documentation which illustrates just how the privileged new car owners of the 1930s dealt with the absence of a warranty.
ANDY STARKEY
We all know what it’s like to buy a used car. Poring over the adverts looking for something special at the right price, in the right colour and, hopefully, with a good history. Looking at a car with a good history normally means its service history, when and where it was serviced and how often. It gives us a little peace of mind that the previous owner has looked after it. We don’t normally concern ourselves too much with who those previous owners were, just that they were conscientious enough to have looked after our new purchase while in their keep. However, one little old MG came with a bit more history than the new owner bargained for and it has left him with a few unanswered questions.

Paul Moran loves a classic motor. He’s got a very beautiful Concours winning Mini Cooper in his garage that receives plenty of attention to prove that point. That too has a well-researched history that Paul would be happy to share with you but we are here to explore his latest acquisition: this bright little MG Midget J2. Although Paul is a classic fanatic, Minis have been his thing and MGs of any sort are new to him. That didn’t stop him falling for the looks and charm of the pre-war Midgets after coming face to face with one at a show. That encounter led him to the usual place to search for a desirable car, the internet. After a good old search, the car you see before you now came to his attention and, by mid2018, the deal was done and the little gem came home and into his care.

Once safely in his keep, and because all the major restoration work had been undertaken by the previous owner back in 2007, Paul turned his attention to finding out where this sporting MG had been since it was built way back in 1933. This turned up the usual changes of ownerships and the migration of the car over the years. The V5 showed only four previous owners but it was the first who proved the most interesting: a Mr George E Rostron Jnr. Esq. The interest goes way beyond the enigmatic moniker, because this person was rather diligent about informing the Abingdon factory about things he wasn’t, shall we say, entirely happy with. MG’s responses have been kept with the car and make for seriously interesting reading and a rare insight into a very different time indeed.

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