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Lot 402: MG M_Type

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

MG made sports cars long before Americans fell in love with them in the immediate post World War II years. The first of their Midget models was the M-Type, which was produced from 1929 to 1932. It was built on a modified Morris Minor chassis, but had a lowered suspension using semi-elliptic springs, lever action shock absorbers and solid axles front and rear. The engine was advanced for the time with a single overhead camshaft driven by a bevel gear. The factory ran a works team and the model saw considerable competition success in several disciplines in its displacement class. Although they won the Double Twelve race at Brooklands, Britain's leading track, a 1930 outing at Le Mans resulted only in retirements.

The offered car is from 1930 production. Appropriately finished in British racing green, the body has several vintage features including cycle fenders on all four wheels and wood panels at the base of the bonnet, which is metal. The remainder of the body is a leather-like fabric stretched over wood framing. The boat tail has wooden planking on the top and the interior is done in red leather. Adding to the period look are louvered metal valances covering the side of the frame rails and another louvered valance between the frame rails below the grille.

This is a fine example of one of the most storied British sporting marques.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number402
Estimate$6000-$10000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$15500
Hammer Price (inc premium)$18135
Year1930
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberMG946A
Engine number946
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors