We are excited to be able to announce the return to the road, after full restoration, of Madge, our unique MG 1300 estate. We believe that Madge will appeal to the couple who want something truly different for their wedding.
We have mentioned the 1100/1300 range of vehicles while referring to our two Austin 1100 vehicles that are available for self drive hire. Initially, the 1100 was available as a four door saloon only. At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 BMC launched an estate, in the form of the 1100 Countryman (Austin) and Morris Traveller. There were two facelifts before production of the estate ended in 1973. Two Princess versions were built by Vanden Plas as prototypes but the car did not reach production and no other versions were attempted by BMC.
Madge started life as a Morris Traveller in July 1967. In 1992 she was acquired by her previous owner, Jean Wooster, and rebuilt by Jean’s family. They used MG panels and mechanicals, intended for the restoration of an MG 1300 which was found to be too badly corroded to repair. Madge then began her new life as an MG 1300 estate and has now been in this configuration for half her life.
Jean sold Madge to us in 2001 and we enjoyed her for a couple of years before she failed her MOT and was put aside to await repair. Unfortunately, circumstances meant that this work only began 2 years ago.
Madge made it back onto the road briefly in August last year in time to attend the 1100 Club National rally, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the estate version of the range. Despite the rebuild not being finished, the quality of the work was such that she was awarded second in class in the concourse judging. She then returned to the restoration workshop for finishing, finally emerging in March 2017.
This has been a very comprehensive restoration. Much structural welding has been done to eliminate every trace of rust. The engine and gearbox have been rebuilt as has the suspension. The car has received a new wiring loom and been fully repainted. It is now virtually a new car.
The MG 1100/1300 saloon appeared in 6 two tone combinations. These did not include the fetching combination of Grampian Grey over Old English White that Madge carries. In addition there were no production MG estates and we are only aware of one other homemade conversion. We know this vehicle no longer exists as we have spoken to the person who scrapped it. Madge is therefore in every way unique. We hope she will appeal to the couple who want something at their wedding that no one else has had.