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1955 Parson MG Weldangrind Special

1955 Parson MG in Danger Man, TV Series, 1960-1961 IMDB Ep. 8

Class: Cars, Racecar — Model origin: UK

1955 Parson MG Weldangrind Special

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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stronghold EN

2005-12-23 16:53

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..Looks great..whatever it is.! :)

-- Last edit: 2005-12-23 23:36:41

Colombo

2005-12-27 13:07

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Maybe a Cobra

stronghold EN

2005-12-30 10:50

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No..I don't believe it's a Cobra (..or any AC ..ace..or acena.!)
This looks very 50's to me (well before Cobra's.!)...for some reason (..no idea why.?).. I'm thinking French.!

ben68 BE

2005-12-30 10:52

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Me too. Gordini? Simca? Panhard?

sixcyl FR

2005-12-31 11:09

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I'd say rather a british car... and the number plate let think about it

stronghold EN

2005-12-31 20:54

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It doesn't have to be a british car to have a british number plate.! :)

sixcyl FR

2006-01-02 08:42

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..of course, but right-hand drive gives another argument to assume it could be not a french car ;) ...not many french cars had still right-hand drive in the 50's/60's

stronghold EN

2006-01-04 23:16

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I did not think about that.!

Jaqob P. NL

2006-01-05 17:15

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But the steer could be changed for the scene, could'nt it be a Pegaso something?

Jaqob P. NL

2006-01-05 17:19

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Could'nt it be a sort of Le Mans version of a Aston or something?

Jaqob P. NL

2006-01-07 21:31

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What about a 1961 Balchowsky Ol' Yeller Mk.III?










-- Last edit: 2006-01-07 21:32:10

Jaqob P. NL

2006-01-10 20:53

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I know it sounds weird, but I saw a car that looked the same (except for the hump on the back)like this in a Belgian comic, Suske en Wiske, I think you know it with another name. The album was probably from 1955, so if it's any help...

Alexander DE

2006-01-10 23:02

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Quote I know it sounds weird, but I saw a car that looked the same (except for the hump on the back)like this in a Belgian comic, Suske en Wiske, I think you know it with another name. The album was probably from 1955, so if it's any help...

http://suskeenwiske.library.uu.nl/
..good luck! :)

stronghold EN

2006-01-11 18:26

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I have been trying hard to track down this car..!
While searching through some old car books last night...I came across a small sports-racing car company ...which built only a few hundred cars ..mainly in the 50's.
It's called Buckler.
I've sent a mail to the Buckler club ...asking if they can view these pictures and help identify it.
Now awaiting a reply.

Jaqob P. NL

2006-01-12 16:42

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Alexander, the album was called ''The Ghosthunters'', and the car was on the last page...

stronghold EN

2006-01-12 16:52

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Here is my first reply:- (this is the actual mail received)

"First I think your Ford Prefect is in fact an Anglia as the grill looks like the slats are horizontal and not vertical as on a Prefect. Of course if we could see how many doors there are this would tell us for sure as Prefects only have four doors.
The sports car needs a bit more work, but I can say that it is not a proprietary fiberglass shell from the era, the windscreen looks like a Hillman Minx rear as used on lots of specials at the time including the Nickri Spyder and the early Tornado Typhoon and the registration is from London June 1955 – January 1956"

Rob Daniels
Ford Sidevalve Owners Club Specials Registrar
Falcon Registrar
Ashley Registrar
www.1950sspecials.com

Thanks Rob.!... From this... we at least now know..it's 1955.!! and more than likely a Special.!
ps..Rob has a great site for old unusual kit cars and specials if anyones interested.!




-- Last edit: 2006-01-12 16:55:24

Tim

2007-02-09 00:45

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I know what it is!

Sorry to be so excited, but it's the first time I've been able to spot an "unknown" on the site.

It's a one-off sports racer called the Parson MG (sometimes known as the Weldangrind Special). It was built in 1955 and raced mainly in club events at Brands Hatch for two years. It has recently been restored to original condition and has appeared at historic car races in the UK since 2005.

So: 1955 Parson MG

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wrenchhead US

2007-02-09 00:58

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Well done :king:

antp BE

2007-02-09 10:35

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Hmmm it seems similar, but some details really do not match, like the windscreen. But these could have been changed, of course.

Tim

2007-02-09 16:33

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Well, I did say it had been restored to original condition! ;-) Bear in mind when it was used in the show, it was a six year old, not very successful sports racer, turned to road use. I agree that the car in the Goodwood photo has aero-screens instead of the wraparound one-piece windscreen, but you see plenty of racing Triumph TRs, Jaguar XKs and similar which have their glass changed for the track.

But I would point to the actual sheet metal. The three bulges in the top of the bonnet near the scuttle, the side cutaways behind the front wheels in the style of the Aston DB3S are there, albeit not very visible in the recent shot.

And - er - the number plate! RLK 80 is visible in the last but one screen capture.

antp BE

2007-02-09 16:49

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Yes, sorry, I didn't notice the number plate. And you are right about the fact that some things like windscreen could be easily/probably changed.
Well done for the find then ;)

stronghold EN

2007-02-09 17:00

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Good work Tim.! :king:

832Spain ES

2007-03-02 21:01

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I remember seeing this car run at Goodwood in the middle 50's. A bit of trivia, I think I'm right in saying the car was built by a
father and son -- thus the name -- Pa son. Don't recall the surname unfortunately.

morrisman EN

2008-10-15 18:25

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Weldangrind was a company based in Parsons Green, London so I suspect that is more likely the origin of the name. In the mid 50s Pat Driscoll was the manager there, he had raced the twin cam Austin Seven before the war until his crash in 1936 so he may have been involved.

jy EN

2008-10-28 21:05

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Hello, I can certainly confirm/correct some of the information above, as it was my father Mr Stuart Young who designed and raced this car in 1955-56. He and his father owned Weldangrind and the name ParSon did indeed come from the fact it was a father son company and not due to the construction location. The car is still being exhibited at shows etc and indeed my father got to drive it again just a few years ago at Silverstone. My father went on to design and race another car the Parson Maserati, and to the best of my knowledge was a more successful racing car. Any further info wanted please let me know.

-- Last edit: 2008-10-28 21:06:19

ssperka US

2010-10-18 02:54

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Yes, jy, I have further questions. Were the Parson-MG and the Parson-Maserati completely separate cars, as your comment suggests, and not a re-engine and maybe further changes on the same chassis? Bodies are clearly different, but bear similarities, esp. fender cutouts. Later car was sleeker and lower than this photo. Were either or both based on Lotus Eleven chassis? If so, do you know chassis numbers or previous owners of Lotuses? Thank you, very much! I appreciate your contributions.

jy EN

2011-11-13 12:39

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ssperka wrote Yes, jy, I have further questions. Were the Parson-MG and the Parson-Maserati completely separate cars, as your comment suggests, and not a re-engine and maybe further changes on the same chassis? Bodies are clearly different, but bear similarities, esp. fender cutouts. Later car was sleeker and lower than this photo. Were either or both based on Lotus Eleven chassis? If so, do you know chassis numbers or previous owners of Lotuses? Thank you, very much! I appreciate your contributions.


Yes different cars, the maserati came after the mg, the fender cut outs were proven to work well on the mg so were used on the maserati with better success. No there was no Lotus involvement. Hope that helps. Let me know if you want anything further.

kegare JP

2013-04-13 19:36

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stronghold wrote Looks great..whatever it is.! :)


Yes
And also better in black and white than color.

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