The BMIHT maintains original production records for MGs produced between 1953 to 1980 from TF Midget to ZA Magnette (unfortunately not the TC, TD, YA, YT, or YB), researching a specific car's original production information and providing the data on a certificate suitable for framing.
You simply provide the car chassis number and enclose a cheque for the relevant amount. For more information regarding prices and addresses, see BMIHT's page on "Archive Production Record Certificates"
My certificate promptly arrived, and from this I was able to determine the original specification of my MGB. The specification was not indifferent to when I found it in the scrap yard, apart from the re-conditioned engine. It also told me that rather than being sold to a dealer, the car was actually sold to a member of staff in Abingdon, a Mr T.J.Morgan.
DVLA Full Owner History
A week or two later, a thick envelope arrived containing photocopies of every registration document that had been completed due to transfer of ownership.This information told the dates, names, and addresses at time of registration of the previous owners:
1 year 8 months
1 year 7
1 year 9 months
3 years 9 months
Thomas James Morgan
Calvin John Morby
Brian Frederick Cook
Dr Peter James Emerson
Dr Peter Ashley Blackmore
Robert John Plaskitt
Timothy James Poole
Guy Lockley Turner
Solihull, West Midlands
Barnetby, South Humberside
Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire
Obviously, the addresses given in the DVLA report were addresses at the time of registration and, in all likelihood, were no longer valid. This is when I employed the use of a website http://www.192.com. I paid £25 to become a "gold" member which gave me access to search the Electoral Roll by name only.
Therefore, I built up a list of addresses of all names that matched my list (unfortunately some names were too common for a match). I decided on a maximum of 10 addresses per name, and composed a letter expressing my intention and desire for any history of my MGB.
As a result of the letter, I managed to track down four of the previous owners, who all seemed happy to hear of SJO 842K's continued existence!
My first reply (via email) was from Lyn Dempster, who owned the car from 1972-1973:
I was thrilled to receive your letter with the picture of my lovely little car still in good health!
I am no longer a Burton-Bowen, I am now a Dempster.
I am very busy at the moment, but will write to you as soon as possible with some snippets of history about my lovely car.
Kindest regards, Lyn
It was interesting to hear from you about the history and restoration of the MGB Roadster, and to read your article on the website.
Here is what I know about its history.
I bought the car, for £2000 (I think), in non-running order in May 1991, from a work colleague of mine Dr. Peter Blackmore. (If you do not have contact information for him, I have his email address. He now works as a senior engineer at Jaguar.) It was moved from near Bromsgrove, to my home in Sheffield. I bought it as a restoration project, but in a year or so of ownership did very little. I sold it, for £2000 again (I think), to a friend of mine from University, Tim Poole. (If you have any contact information for Tim I would appreciate it, since we lost contact about 5 years ago.) The reason I sold the car was to buy a computer for a post graduate degree course. It stayed in my garage while he worked on it there. He restored the car to running order and I think he used it quite considerably. I have no access to photographs at the moment, they are boxed up somewhere. If/when I come across any I will email you some of the pictures. hope this helps you tracing the history of the car,
Indeed, I did receive your letter a couple of days ago. I have some photos which I'll dig out, if I can find them, and send copies shortly. I may also have some other bits, although I passed all the papers I had to Rob when he took the car over. I don't know if you've managed to track down Pete Emerson - the last I heard of him, he'd emigrated to Canada sometime in the mid-80s.
Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise to learn that SJO 842K was still around and healthy again. I certainly enjoyed it during my term of stewardship !
Dr Peter A Blackmore
What a lovely surprise to find out the car we once owned is still on the road and looking better than ever.
I am Hazel, wife of Colin Morby, that's me in the photos, they must have been taken about 1977 - our courting days!
We have many happy memories of the 70s in the MG. Calvin was a self employed Landscape gardener around that time, so the car was used to tow a trailer with mowers, etc.
In 1981 our eldest daughter was born so the car wasn't big enough for us any more. It was 1982 we sold it.
Our youngest daughter, who is at college has been on the MG Web Site, so we now have pages of information to keep. We have found it mose interesting and thank you for taking the trouble to write to us. It certainly has taken us a trip down memory lane!
Just like to say that I think you have done wonders with the car. My parents received your letter as my dad used to be one of the many owners of the car! Its great that you have researched back all its previous owners and created a great web site! Keep up the good work!