Bob and Amy Walker.
Bob and Amy Walker.

Three MG's for the road

A LOT of families struggle to find common interests these days, but for Buderim's Walker family a collection of classic MGs proves an excellent way to spend quality time together.

Bob and Janice Walker are proud pilots of a 1959 MGA 1500 Coupe and 1966 MGB Roadster, while currently in pieces in the shed is a 1960 MGA Roadster undergoing restoration. Daughter Amy is eagerly awaiting its completion, as it will be her classic cruiser.

“I had a 1967 MGB GT in 1977 when I met my wife, but after we got married and travelled a bit I had to sell it,” Bob explained.

“About nine years ago Janice let me buy another, which was the MGA we started taking apart about 12 months ago. Amy's very enthusiastic about these old cars, but can't drive the Coupe or MGB as she only has an automatic licence. We're fitting a rare MGB automatic gearbox to the MGA Roadster so she'll be able to use it.”

Bob bought his beautiful blue 1959 MGA 1500 Coupe in Sydney seven years ago, and has been kept in such superb condition that it's claimed second and third prizes in MG national concourse events.

How the Walkers came to own the MGB is a far more unusual tale. “As I'm an MG nut I'm on the enthusiast websites a lot,” Bob said. “A US site said the crazy Australians were running a competition to either crush or win an MGB.

“It was with Jamie Dunn on B105 radio and people had to call in saying if they wanted to crush or win the MGB. I called in to try to win it to save it from the crusher, and out of the 40,000 people who called we won.”

To see the beautiful 1966 Roadster today makes you feel glad Bob made that winning call. The Walkers have spent about $15,000 to bring it up to its current high standard, and with Limited Edition-style ‘MGB 66' flag decals, it epitomises '60s British cool.

The cars are used regularly on club runs and events, many organised by the Sunshine Coast MG Car Club (

Bob says the club has an excellent social side and is ideal for getting hold of spare parts and discussing all things MG with fellow enthusiasts.

But who drives which car?

“I'll take the Coupe normally as Janice is too short to reach the MGA's pedals,” Bob said. There are few complaints from Janice of course, as a convertible MGB on a sunny day is a rather nice way to travel.


Owners: Bob, Janice and Amy Walker, Buderim.

Model: 1959 MGA 1500 Coupe.

Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder pushrod with twin SU carburettors.

Transmission: four-speed manual.

Number produced: 6272 (of the 1500 fixed-head Coupe).

Driven how often: Three of four times monthly on club runs and events.

Model value today: $20,000-$25,000.

Model: 1966 MGB Roadster.

Engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder five-bearing crankshaft design.

Transmission: four-speed manual with non-synchro first gear.

Number produced: 399,070.

Driven how often: Three of four times monthly on club runs and events.

Model value today: About $15,000.

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