Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1934
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Country VAT 
    GB
  • Chassis number 
    PA01011
  • Engine number 
    1263A.P
  • Lot number 
    60
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The P Type MG Midget was launched in March 1934 as a replacement for the J2, and was claimed to have 100 new and improved features. It was powered by an all-new SOHC engine of 847cc, the standard output of which was 36bhp, which was sufficient to power the lightweight two-seater to 60mph in 32.3 seconds and on to a very creditable top speed of 76mph. The four-speed non-synchromesh gearbox had been strengthened and improved to cope with this new level of power and the brake drums increased in size from eight to 12 inches in diameter for the same reason. The front suspension included Hartford friction dampers while the rear featured transversally mounted hydraulic units, and the newcomer rode on centre-lock wire wheels. A total of 1973 MG PAs are said to have left the Abingdon plant before the model was supplanted by the incoming PB. The cost new was £222.

An early example, the PA now on offer was first registered on May 31, 1934 and sports Green bodywork teamed with Black interior trim and was apparently the subject of a previous restoration by an earlier keeper - this included an engine overhaul during which one of the desirable Phoenix replacement crankshafts was installed. The vendor acquired the MG from its titled previous owner in 2014 and over the last two years has treated it to an array of new parts including: fuel pump; clutch; gearbox bearings; half shafts; hub carriers and bearings; brake linings; rear road springs; cycle wings; Brooklands aero screens; tonneau cover; set of five Blockley tyres and heavy duty inner tubes. He has also had the carburettors restored and the propshaft overhauled. He now regards the Midget as 'mechanically sweet' and 'an absolute joy to drive' and is selling the car complete with both soft top and side screens.