This is the history of the MGA 1600 GHNL98700. For the moment it is a very
simple page. I hope to make it better in the future ….
This car has only one original owner, Mr. Karl Heinz Krueger, currently 85
years old. He bought the car new in Germany
on the 21st December 1960,
according to the original invoice! The German license plate was S-U5638. Mr.
Krueger has had several MG's before this one, and he
has traded a 1500 for the 1600. It remained in Germany
until 1983, and during this time it has seen regular use, being sometimes his
everyday car. By then Mr. Krueger had decided to retire and live in California
(He was then 66 years old). The car had license plate
1GZF029. He lived there until 1998, and then decided to move to Tenerife.
The car was for sale in Tenerife from 1998 to 2001, and
it was never used since, but the engine was started from time to time.
You can see the pictures of the car as I've found it in Tenerife
in this page. A very poor repair had been done, and the sills and door pilars were in bad shape, but otherwise the car is very
original. I've made the most of my stay in Tenerife, and
visited the car twice, making note of every detail that might be important for
later analisys. I have also filmed it.What a holiday ! :-) Here is a picture of that moment.
From left to right, Mrs Krueger, Mr Krueger, my wife Ana and
It took me from August 2001 to April 2002 to be sure of every detail
... from expected cost of repair to stupid Portuguese taxes, it was a long wait
to have every detail covered and solved. In the end, I've managed to come
around most of them. It was this way that on the 13th May 2002 it left Tenerife
and headed to Vigo,
in the north of Spain,
some 120 Km from Porto. Here you can find some pictures
taken by Mr. and Mrs. Krueger in Tenerife, during the
transportation from the garage to the port.
the car on its way to the port of Tenerife
The car arrived in Vigo
on the 24th May and I went to pick it up on the 28. You can see some more
After a few more days, restoration has begun. I had a big surprise waiting
…. the car is in very bad shape! Both rear door
pillars simply do not exist, and the front ones are
very bad. The lower inner sills do not exist anymore, and all the lower part of
the car, both front and rear are severely damaged. See for yourself….
A fantastic bodywork from Mr. Serafim
Alves and Mr. Manuel Coutinho.
Together, they make a great team !
I will add a few links to related sites, either restoration or MG related.
Take a look below.
Graham and Tom
Barber’s 1959 MGA 1600 coupe restoration
Barney Gaylord excelent
technical site !
The MGA Register – MG Car Club
If you want to make a comment or ask a question, you can reach me at email@example.com
Last update: June 1, 2004