1933 MG L type K3 rep (available)
Chassis number L0472
Engine number 783AL
This stunning L type K3 rep TAS513 arrives at our showroom to make way for another significantly historic motorcar. The house rules of the existing previous, means only one toy is to be in residence at any one time. Reading between the lines, there seems to be no rule on how often that car can be changed! I arrived at TAS513 address in North Norfolk just as the Autumn showers abated for a mid morning break. Coffee was duly supplied following an early start, and once refreshed, I headed into the motor house.
TAS513 stood in splendor in the middle of the motor house. She was as good as the photos I had been provided with. I headed out to extract the latest resident from the transporter. The unloading point was a good distance from the motor house and the sound of TAS513 six cylinders crack up from her current position, was a serial experience, it took me instantly back to Goodwood and warming up the MG Bellevue, the exhaust note was more than familiar, I almost expected a silver pointy tailed Bellevue to appear!
On returning back to the showroom, it was my first real opportunity to take TAS513 on to parts of her majesty’s highway that I really know. On lowering myself into the drivers seat, you’re held very snugly, there is certainty no chance you’re going to slide out and across onto the passenger seat during hard cornering. Something I have found in some ‘so called’ sports/racing cars over the years. The dashboard has a well laid out order, with large easy to read dials with no confusion in what you need to know. As I flicked on the fuel pumps, one – two there’s a real sense of occasion, which is so lacking in the digital world. Next is the Ki-gas, a few pumps and press the starter button, the engine turns, sucking away at the fuel. Another pump on the Ki-gas and there is a splutter. The mixture is feeding from the supercharger by this point and the splutter turns into an auditory pleasure that only a supercharged 6 cylinder can produce, a deeper note than some engines can dream of. Along with the engine note there is the sweet unmistakable sent of Castrol R bliss. As I headed out to the road in TAS513, there was a pleasing warmth in the air - not a normal Northern Autumn day. However, the typically wet road surface was there, with the addition of a scattering of newly decomposing leaves. Inevitably the drive was less spirited than it could have been, non the less still exhilarating. Being short in stature I sit quite low in the car, my line of sight level with the top of the bonnet, the plus side being great weather protection if it had been a freezing day. The brakes on this car have been upgraded to hydraulics and performed amazingly, great if you’re thinking of using TAS513 for competition work, thus allowing you to be the last of the late brakers. The ENV pre-select is as sweet as a nut with its well-spaced ratios, and the gear change is positive in its crescent selector.
Back in the office and feeling very content with the world, attention progresses to the reading of the large history file. You’re soon met with a period of significant invoices from 2014-2016, which equate to well over £20,000. This work includes:
New crown wheel and pinion
New half shafts
Rebuilt Marshall supercharger By Derek Chinn
New cylinder head
New valves, cam drive bevels and bearings etc
New steel crank and steel rods
Replacement engine block
Bayton Jones forged racing pistons
Overhauled dynamo and starter motor
Reconditioned 12” hydraulic brakes
Rebuilt Scintilla magneto
Steering box overhauled
Alfin break drums
Produced 8th June 1933, originally as a L1 magna, the car remained to original L1 specifications until ownership changed and the late Peter Gregory acquired the L1 TAS513 in circa 1995. Peter then undertook the transformation in to the car I offer today. Peter elected to follow the design of the pointed tail K3 rather than the slab tank version. The 1087cc 6 cylinder engine been blown by an Elektron castMarshall supercharger driven off the end of the crank. ENV preselect gearbox and a Bellevue garages inspired streamline front radiator cover.
I decipher the following ownership history from the file as. Peter Green, C E Jones 2002-2003, Rod Stanffield 2003-2006 campaigned the car extensively at no less than 26 events, also coming second in the Triple M championship. Nicola Paralin (Italy/Monaco). Returning to the UK in September 2014 and registered to Gregor Fisken, it is during this period the recent substantial expenditure was undertaken. The car was then offered for sale at Beaulieu Garage where it was purchased by my client, on his way to the 74 Goodwood members meeting.
Ready for any inspection test drive at our showroom.