Hello and Welcome
My name is James Davis. You may already know some of the background of this unique and exciting car story, if not then go grab a cuppa and have a nose round the site.
For me this is all about fate and karma; in August 2018 I found this car for sale. My Dad has Alzheimers. It has robbed him of his memories, his driving licence, his hobbies, his family and his soul. It’s a wicked disease. For 53 years he courted, raced, restored and doted on it – until it had to be sold 2 years ago to fund his healthcare.
So, during the time I am fortunate enough to be custodian of this car, I’m going to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers. And this exciting next chapter is where I need your support! Follow my adventure on social media:
August 1 2018
Eighth Owner: James Davis
August 2018 – Date
In August 2018 I bought back my Dad’s beloved MGA Twin Cam. It’s a car that’s lived in the UK, Barbados, Canada and the USA. It was registered new to Renato Fratini, an Italian commercial artist living and working in Kensington, London. Renato painted many famous film posters including From Russia With Love. He used the MG to drive his wife, Gina Fratini, whom he married in 1961. She was a society dress designer to royalty and stars alike, including Princess Diana. Renato kept the car until 1963.
March 14 2016
Fourth Owner: Ricky May
Ricky bought the MG 14/03/16 from Canada and shipped it back to his collection in Salem Virginia USA.
May 21 1964
Third Owner: Robert Edward Davis
21st May 1964 – 14th March 2016
The MG’s original buff log book shows the third owner as my dad. It shows he bought the car on the 21st May 1964. Speaking to Mike Ellman-Brown (who shows as the second owner) it turns out, speaking to Mike, that my dad ACTUALLY bought the MG in July 1963! He was 23. The only reason it was registered to Mike in London was that he had a friend in the London County Council who pulled strings to get registration ‘JJJ 888’ assigned to the MG! Mike had ‘JJ 88’ on his MGA.
July 31 1963
Second Owner: Michael Ellman-Brown
31st July 1963 – 21st May 1964
The MG’s original buff log book showed the second owner to be Michael Ellman-Brown.
With at least two published books “Bentley, The Silent Sportscar” and “The Complete Guide To MG Collectibles” Mike was my dad’s great friend and MG guru. Mike established the Twin Cam Group in the MG Car Club and was good friends of the factory and John Thornley, then boss of MG.
October 9 1959
First Owner: Renato Fratini
2nd October 1959 – 31st July 1963
The MGA Twin Cam’s first owner was an Italian by the name of Renato Fratini. At the time he was a highly successful commercial artist living and working in Central London. He was just 27 when he collected his brand new MGA Twin Cam. His birthday was in October so likely the car was a special birthday present.