Open the centre-hinged engine cover, careful not to disturb the irreplaceable patina of the flaking 65-year-old paint, and scroll past the overhead-cam 1496cc Singer ‘four’ to the bulkhead.
Had we not run out of phone numbers long ago, you could dial the ‘Hastings 539’ that’s written beneath the words Moore & Tye on the coachbuilder’s plate and still reach Ian ‘EJ’ Jenner today.
Not too long ago his dad, Alan, would have answered instead.
The company’s name has changed, but the 539 remains in the phone number for Hastings Motor Sheet Metal Works.
Which is a handy reminder for Alan because, after his son’s long and secret on-and-off search, the HRG bodied down this secluded street off Hastings seafront is now Alan’s to use and enjoy as much as he wants.
The sports car is an example of the marque’s most numerous model, the 1500, and is one of the last built by the now-defunct ‘Hurg’. It is also one of the final six bodied by Jenner Snr and the small team on Caves Road.