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Lot 247: 1957 RGS Atalanta MG

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

During the 1950s as British works teams rose to the fore in almost every major field of motorsport, a cottage industry evolved specializing in the manufacture of sports-racing cars built from proprietary components for one or other of the aspiring young drivers of the day to cut his teeth on, on their way to the top echelons of the sport. Some of the firms were more successful than others, some specialized in providing ready built cars, some provided kits and some concentrated on one aspect of the construction of a sports racing special. As the years have passed some of the larger engined examples have become as highly regarded as the factory produced sports-racing machines which now fetch in excess of £1,000,000. The Listers, Coopers and HWMs are good examples of these, but there are many other makes of which one or two representatives survive to remind us of the enormous variety of different models and combinations which fought it out on the far flung airfield circuits of the middle 1950s. Dick Shattock of R.G.S was one of the better known and more successful characters of the period, racing his own sports racing car, and supplying various components including the first glassfibre shells to be supplied to the British public. Under the alloy skin this car has an interesting specification, starting with its chassis, which it is believed was designed and constructed by well known sports chassis builder J.A.Griffith, a close friend of Dick Shattock. It was constructed of an advanced two tube design which could easily handle Jaguar power. To this the builder, believed to be a Mr. Prior, fitted Morris derived front suspension, a leaf sprung Magnette rear axle and a tuned MGA engine, forming the basis of a well proven specification. Discovered in a Barn near Snetterton in 1988, it was restored over the next 3 years and raced almost continually ever since in VSCC, AMOC and other 50s sports car events to which it was invited. Since 1992 it has won 3 races outright as well as numerous class wins including ; VSCC 1950's Sports Racing, Flemmings Thoroughbred, AMOC, Birkett, Pomeroy Trophy, BRDC 50's Sports Cars and MG Car Club events. In 2004 the car found a new owner who commissioned more comprehensive restoration work, the steering rack and front dampers were overhauled and new rear dampers / springs fitted as well as a new saftey cage. At this time the front brake calipers were rebuilt with new seals and pistons and new discs. The suspension was fully analysed and set up by the world famous expert Alan Staniforth, for which there is a large file that comes with the car. Supplied with two MG engines a 1650cc full race engine giving 125Bhp and a new 1950cc unit with a Peter Burgess head producing 165Bhp, fitted to a new Jack Knight close ratio gearbox with AP race clutch. It comes with a VSCC buff log book a huge history file and a large spares inventory.This is a most attractive representative of a well-proven and developed Sports Racing car from the golden era of the 1950s. Offered as such a comprehensive package this is an ideal entrant for someone considering joining the increasing popular 50s Sportscar series which is so keenly contested today. .

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number247
Estimate£28000-£34000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£32935
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1957
Condition rating0
Registration numberGEG 532
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