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Are you curious how a 1951 MG can help drive improvements in health?

Updated: Dec 3, 2022

Q: How can a 1951 MG help drive improvements in health?


A: When the proceeds from its sale are donated to fund medical research.


At Auckland Medical Research Foundation, we thought all our Christmases had come at once when Noel and Heather Davies told us they were donating half of the monies received from the sale of their treasured 1951 MG car.


When we looked back through the 1950s, the decade of origin of this gleaming blue beauty, it was an incredibly important era. Auckland Medical Research Foundation was founded in 1955 and it was a decade of medical innovations.

To name just a few:

  • New Zealand’s very own cardiothoracic surgeon, Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes, pioneered the development of the cardiopulmonary bypass

  • Cliff Hart created New Zealand’s first portable X-ray service

  • The first kidney dialysis machine was trialed and first kidney transplant performed

  • A “stopped heart” operation executed successfully

  • The polio vaccine was developed

It is so heartening to see how far we have travelled from the medical discoveries made in that era and the continued improvements to our health and quality of life we now enjoy because of medical research begun decades ago.


This wonderful act of generosity from Noel and Heather will help to support our researchers’ ongoing journeys and we would be immensely grateful if you could share the auction details with all of your family, friends and networks.

Help us drive future medical breakthroughs.




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