MG F Magna
1931-1932, 1250 produced.
Coupe,2 doors,2 seats(Foursome Coupe)
Convertible,2 doors,2 seats
Convertible,2 doors,4 seats
The MG M-type was produced by the MG Car company from April 1929 to 1932. It was sometimes referred to as the 8/33. Launched at the 1928 London Motor Show when the sales of the larger MG saloons was faultering because of the economic climate, the small car brought MG ownership to a new sector of the market and probably saved the company. Early cars were made in the Cowley factory, but from 1930 production had transferred to Abingdon.
This 2 door sports car used an updated version of the four-cylinder bevel-gear driven overhead camshaft engine used in the 1928 Morris Minor and Wolseley 10 with a single SU carburettor giving 20 bhp (15 kW) at 4000 rpm. Drive was to the rear wheels through a three speed non-synchromesh gearbox. The chassis was based on the one used in the 1928 Morris Minor with lowered suspension using half elliptic springs and Hartford friction shock absorbers with rigid front and rear axles and bolt on wire wheels. The car had a wheelbase of 78 inches (1980 mm) and a track of 42 inches (1067 mm).
1930 brought a series of improvements to the car. The Morris rod brake system, with the handbrake working on the transmission, was replaced a cable system with cross shaft coupled to the handbrake and the transmission brake deleted. Engine output was increased to 27 bhp (20 kW) by improving the camshaft and a four speed gearbox was offered as an option. The doors became front hinged. A supercharged version could be ordered from 1932 raising the top speed to 80 mph (130 km/h).
Early bodies were fabric covered using a wood frame, this changed to all metal in 1931. Most cars had bodies made by Carbodies of Coventry and fitted by MG in either open two seat or closed two door "Sportsmans" coupé versions but some chassis were supplied to external coachbuilders such as Jarvis. The factory even made a van version as a service vehicle. The car could reach 65 mph (105 km/h) and return 40 miles per gallon. The open version cost £175 at launch, soon rising to £185, and the coupé cost £245. The 1932 supercharged car cost £250.
The M-type had considerable sporting success both privately and with official teams winning gold medals in the 1929 Land's End Trial and class wins in the 1930 "Double Twelve" race at Brooklands. An entry was also made in the 1930 Le Mans 24 hour but neither of the two cars finished.
|1272cc||S6 OHC||57mm x 83mm||37.2|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|303||1932 MG F2 Magna Sports||Bonhams||19 Sep 2008||£35000.00||£40000.00|
|08||MG F-Type Magna Sports||Bonhams & Goodman||14 Sep 2008||Not sold|
|642||1932 MG F2 Magna||Bonhams||24 Jun 2005||Not sold|
|1103||MG Montlhery Supercharged C-Type Midget (1931)||Bonhams||2 Dec 2002||-||£62000.00|
|517||MG Montlhery Supercharged C-Type Midget (1931)||Bonhams & Brooks||25 Aug 2001||Not sold|
|041||MG M Type Sports (1931)||H&H Sales Limited||12 Apr 2000||£7800.00||-|
|922||MG Montlhery Supercharged (1931)||Brooks||6 Dec 1999||-||£81800.00|
|587||MG Magna F Type (1932)||Brooks||8 Apr 1998||Not sold|
The love of a royal racer
|Publication||Classic Cars June 2005|
|The love of a royal racer - Prince Bira was best known for his racing exploits in a trio of ERAs. This racy MG is the road car he couldnít part with.|
Buyer's Guide - MG F
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 12 January 2011|
|Buyer's Guide - MG F - One of the last proper British sports cars just so happens to be the cheapest and the most readily available. JACK CARFRAE reckons the MGF is a cracking buy.|
Buyer's checklist MGF/TF (1995-2005)
|Publication||Classic Car Mart December 2010|
|Buyer's checklist MGF/TF (1995-2005) - MGF prices start at £500, but for that you'll be getting a laid-up project with no MoT - a similar condition TF should be about £999. A strong example of wither car with a long MoT and decent service history will be the £2500-3500 range, while the sought after Trophy models will set you back about £5k.|
|Publication||Classics Monthly July 2010|
|Summer scorchers - Three old favourites take on a trio of young upstairs in the battle of the classic soft-tops... MGB, Triumph Spitfire, Lotus Elan, Toyota MR2, Mazda MX5, MGF.|
The first little six from MG
|Publication||The Automobile August 2005|
|The first little six from MG - The F-type Magna only lasted one year, but MG built 1250 of them. Malcolm Robertson reviews the modelís development and examines a four-seater FI with an unusual body.|