MG 18/80 MK1 – 4 Door Saloon - Deposit Taken (1931)




The significance of the 18/80 is that it was the first ‘real’ MG because the earlier flat radiator and bull nosed cars had close ties with their Morris equivalents. The new 18/80 was a car that could be described as a marque on its own as the vast majority of the mechanical components were totally different to those of the current Morris.
This car is the more expensive saloon body variant but still the lighter, quicker and more desirable Mark 1 version. Accepted as likely to have been constructed in 1930, MG 1124 left the Abingdon factory as a bare driving chassis bound for coach builders Carbodies and was there united with a fabric over ply four-door saloon body. Thought to be one of just three 18/80’s built to this specification and the sole survivor.
This MG 18/80 possesses an exceptional and interesting history it has had only four owners from new. The first was a doctor who owned the car for 40 years and covered over 346000 miles in it. In 1931, the owner’s brother was serving with HMS Dolphin and gave him a dolphin radiator mascot that is still in pride of place on the car.
The MG was then bought by Mr Phillip Jennings, early Triple-M member and MG man through and through and the driving force of The Vintage Register. Phil carried out a full restoration of the car employing a “light touch philosophy” that kept as much or the car original and un-restored as possible.
After over thirty years and another, relatively insignificant, 10,000 miles Phil decided the time had come to pass the MG onto a new owner, just its third in seventy years and Mr Peter Mace purchased it in May 2000. An enthusiastic member of The VSCC and fully paid up MG fan, in his tenure the 18/80 competed in VSCC, MGCC and EMGS trials and rallies as well as providing elegant road transport.
The current owner acquired the MG in 2009 by which time a further 9,000 miles had passed under its wheels taking the grand total to 364,000.
The current owner has had the car totally rewired, refurbished the fuel tank ,the rear axle, and new drums re-manufactured together with new linings. A recent new clutch and gearbox service have greatly improved the driving experience.
The whole car has been kept in excellent condition throughout and comes with an extensive history file, VSCC buff logbook and many photos of the restoration.
The MG was featured in an "Ads on Test" feature by Paul Hardiman in Classic Cars Magazine in 2019.
With it’s fascinating history this 18/80 has a unique place in MG history and is at the same time extremely usable and can be enjoyed on a regular basis.
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  • Mileage: 364,000
  • Year: 1931
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Black


  • Engine layout: Front Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine size (Litres): 2.5
  • Engine configuration: 6 cylinder
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Engine power (BHP): 60
  • Top speed (MPH): 80
  • Fuel consumption (MPG): 18
  • Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Previous owners: 4

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