1956 RGS-MG Sports-Racing Two-Seater

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Lot 516
1956 RGS-MG Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Registration no. GEG 532

£ 18,000 - 24,000
US$ 22,000 - 29,000
1956 RGS-MG Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Registration no. GEG 532
The early 1950s was an heroic period in the development of Britain's pre-eminent competition car industry, with many of today's well known marques emerging. One of the shorter lived and lesser known however, was Dick Shattock's RGS, which revived the recently defunct JAG. The latter had been founded in Thames Ditton by J A Griffith in 1950, making an Allard-like sportscar powered by a Ford V8 Pilot engine, but folded after a couple of years. In 1954 Shattock set up RGS Automotive Components Ltd which manufactured a smaller version of the car powered by the ubiquitous 1,172cc Ford sidevalve four. There was also an MG-powered RGS, and Shattock supplied off-the-shelf glassfibre bodies to special builders, perhaps the first UK constructor to do so. Sadly, in 1956 RGS went the same way as JAG after around 50 cars had been completed.
This MG-powered RGS has a tubular chassis, Morris-derived front suspension, Magnette rear axle and a tuned MGA engine. The vehicle - originally registered 'JGV 633' - was discovered in a barn near Snetterton in 1988 and restored over the succeeding three years. Its previous owner then raced the car almost continually in VSCC, AMOC and other 1950s sportscar events until it was purchased by the late vendor in 2002. Most attractive, well proven and competitive, it is an ideal entry-level vehicle for anyone wishing to experience the excitement and camaraderie of historic sportscar racing. Offered with current MoT, Swansea V5 and a quantity of spares to be collected from the vendor’s estate.
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