One of an MG club’s most dedicated members had one of his business in Detroit broken into while he was away. They smashed down an access door, then used his MGB to batter their way into the main plant and steal anything copper, brass or aluminum.
What they got away with were some priceless parts. Gone were TD, TF, TC, TA and SA radiators, all of the aluminum SU carbs and manifolds for the SA, the MGB and 6000 lbs of aluminum. Many of these parts are irreplaceable, especially the pre-war items.
Most likely they have been sold for scrap, but keep an eye out anyway. If you see any of these items showing up in classifieds, on eBay or anywhere else, please post a message.
Collectors are being asked to click the link below for more details or to report any possible leads:
Update from the owner:
Tuesday, Oct 9,2007 my warehouse at 10301 Joy Rd in Detroit was broken into and many British car parts stolen. A vehicle was used to ram through steel doors. The alarm was disabled. Anything copper, brass, aluminum, or dense steel was stolen along with all tools, grinders, floor jacks,drill press, batteries, etc. Neighbors called police, but none came in time to prevent a lot of damage. Eight British cars were vandalized for their metal and one was stolen. Cars were, 45TC, 53TD, 55TF, 57MGA coupe, 63TR3-B, 37MGSA, 38MGSA, 52XK120 JAG rdstr, and 1970 MGB rdstr.
Items taken include, 1970 MGB roadster, tartan red, VIN GHN5UA195022G, broken taillamp lens recovered, radiators and shells from TC, TD, 37MGSA (mint shell not restored), 38MGSA (concours shell), radiators from MGA, TR3-B, 52 JAG all via crowbar and tools, the TF radiator & shell they could not get but destroyed in process. Spare tire knockoffs were taken from the TC and TD. The most valuable parts were taken from the prewar SAs, all parts restored but in boxes including Carbs, 2 brass SU fuel pumps and copper lines, 4 chrome window channels (these are each 24" long), aluminized exhaust manifolds, stainless sleeved M/C and wheel cylinders, brass fuel lines, boxes of small chrome brass parts such as latches, brass fittings, etc. They left a lot behind before the police arrived, but took so much. Non automotive included 30 rolls of 10" wide aluminum foil, 14" dia, each weighing 150 lbs. Hard to explain finding this on the street so may lead to the SA parts if the aluminum is traced. Low-lifes? These cretins used the floor instead of the toilet. The warehouse was divided into 3 inner sections with locked steel doors. The MGB was used as a ram to break these 3 inner doors. A testimony to MGBs that is was still drivable and stolen. I could go on and on but can’t right now.
Any assistance to recover these parts, especially the SA parts, would be greatly appreciated.
Contact Detective Kevin Payton 313-596-5640 Complaint # 0710100147 if you have any leads.
Please copy my voicemail at 734-591-6111 x101 as well.
I have put the word out on the street that a reward of $1000 for information leading to the recovery of the SA radiators is offered, but odds are slim according to police. Scrap yards are tight-lipped.
Thank you for your help and support. Pics attached.
Lee Jacobsen, Dearborn, MI.