1934 MG NA
Registration No. TJ6 409
Chassis No. NA 0589
Engine No. AN 881
Engine: six cylinder, in-line, 1272cc, overhead camshaft, 56bhp at 5500rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Brakes: four wheel drum; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs. Right-hand drive.
Two tone brown with beige leather interior.
The MG Magnette was introduced to the motoring world at the 1932 Motor Show. It was known as the K Series and was powered by an 1100cc, six cylinder engine. The mechanical specification was impressive indeed; the engine was fitted with a cross-flow cylinder head, strengthened crankshaft and camshaft, modified cam followers and enormous porting, six to a side. The coachwork too was impressive and the cars offered very good value for money. A full four seater pillarless saloon, which offered 70mph plus performance, was priced only slightly higher than a standard Riley 9, and also offered far better handling and faster acceleration with the smooth six cylinder engine. In 1933 the K Types were given more power, the cylinder capacity being increased to 1271cc by increasing the stroke.
1934 saw the introduction of the NA Magnette. The chassis design was no longer the standard ladder type, traditionally seen on MG's since 1930, and the engine was based on the K Type unit. Numerous modifications to the cylinder block and head, inlet manifold and lubrication system led to an increase in power of over 25 per cent, and the new NA models were credited with a useful turn of speed.
This very attractive open four seat tourer was originally delivered to the Lancashire County Police in November 1934 and featured a specially raised compression ratio of 7:1 to increase the already impressive performance. It has remained in the current ownership for over 14 years, during which time it has benefitted from a comprehensive restoration. Now finished in two tone brown with beige leather interior, the condition is very good throughout - in 1991 the car took part in the New England Raid to North America where it performed impeccably. It is sold with a comprehensive file of history.