- Built and raced in Australia before coming to the UK c.20 years ago
- Restored by the vendor but retaining a lovely patina
- Pre-selector gearbox, ready to enjoy
Surely the most familiar and best-loved sports cars of their era, the P-type MGs naturally attracted the attention of the clever engineer and enthusiast in search of higher performance. Introduced in March 1934, the MG PA Midget was a more sophisticated and durable design than the J-type Midget it replaced. Longer and more rigid, its cruciform-braced chassis was equipped with all round semi-elliptic leaf springs (fixed at their leading edge but held in sliding trunnions at the rear). In standard two-seater form, its classic shape was described by colourful US motoring writer Ken W Purdy as a grand piano supported by four harps!
This supercharged PA special was built in Australia and used in competition before being imported to the UK approximately twenty years ago. The vendor, an experienced engineer and racer, has owned the car since 2005 during which time it was treated to a chassis up restoration approximately ten years ago. The bodywork and maroon paintwork are currently described as good whilst the 948cc engine (complete with Carrillo rods, race pistons and friction-reducing Kawasaki rings) is spot on, as is the pre-selector gearbox. The electrics have been rewired. The beige interior presents well with the imposing Jaeger rev counter in clear view of the driver behind the removable steering wheel. Under the bonnet the engine bay looks well cared for whilst the Blockley tyres, bonnet strap and rare mechanic's grab handle complete its sporting appearance. Braking is taken care of by Jaguar SS drums to the front with standard drums to the rear. A potent and highly attractive pre-War MG that has been timed at c.95mph at Goodwood, 497 UXH is only being offered for sale to help fund a new vintage project.