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Paramounts and Other Interesting Cars
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Sam's MGTA



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:06 pm    Post subject: Paramounts and Other Interesting Cars Reply with quote

I found this web site after a Google search for "Paramount" produced no results, so I tried a broader search. I lived in Middle Barton, Oxon from 1972 to 1975 while in the U. S. Air Force. With an interest in old cars, I bought a driveable, original Paramount motor car. I think the registration number was SXM-069. It was faded red, black top and green leather interior. Before returning to the USA, I sold the Paramount and bought a 1937 M.G. TA from Malcolm Elder. I still have the TA and it is garaged next to my restored 1932 Chevrolet Five Passenger Coupe in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. I'm very happy to be aboard.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum Sam, do you have any pics of the TA (or Paramount) to hand??

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Sam's MGTA



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll find some pictures of the TA and hopefully the Paramount and post them later.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be interested in seeing pictures of the Paramount, too. I'm trying to imagine the color scheme of red, black and green going together.
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Sam's MGTA



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Paramount's color scheme was not at all attractive, but might have been original. The car was functional, had its MOT certificate and had never been restored or, apparently, been resprayed. A divorce in about 1978 caused me to loose most of my photos. I'm still looking.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paramount Cars on wikipedia...Click this link



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Sam's MGTA



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The white car in unknown to me, but it is certainly beautiful. If you follow the "Wikipedia" link to "Paramount cars" and then the "Cartype.com" link you will see where you can see a brochure. That pictures what I had.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately Paramount for the usual reasons (cost availability etc) used the Ford side valve 1172cc engine and box so performance did not meet expectation. I have a faint memory some had the larger Consul engine but no doubt someone else will recall.
There was one on the road here (Newport Salop) in the early sixties I saw it once or twice in my long forgotten youth!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum Smile

There was a green Paramount restored by a reader in Practical Classics about 10 years ago, does anyone remember the article? It was a different model to the one pictured above, and had MK1 Consul running gear. They are so rare this could be the one once owned by Sam Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure mine had the Ford side-valve engine. I am pretty sure its registration number was SXM-069.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just joined the forum so this is my first post. I know it's an older thread but I think the Paramount is now owned by my father. He bought it in the early 70's, registration is SXM 269. Some before and after restoration pics:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

richytanimal wrote:
Just joined the forum so this is my first post. I know it's an older thread but I think the Paramount is now owned by my father. He bought it in the early 70's, registration is SXM 269. Some before and after restoration pics:


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welcome to the forum Rich, interesting to see the before n after pics Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At first glance I thought that your "before" picture was of the Paramount that I had owned, but then I noticed above that I had said that mine had registration number SXM 069. Maybe I didn't remember correctly. Did your car have a green leather interior when you got it? If so, it must be the same car that I sold in about June, 1975 to a US Air Force sargeant at RAF Upper Heyford, Oxon.
I'm still looking for pictures of mine.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Registration definitely wouldn't have been SXM 069 - there were never '0's at the start of the group of numbers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She did have green leather interior originally so could be the same car. She's temporarily off the road at the moment for an engine rebuild and some bits and bobs but should be up and running again soon.

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