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Lot 381: MG M-Type Midget Roadster

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

With the introduction of the M Type Midget at the 1928 Olympia Motor Show, Cecil Kimber single-handedly created the market for small, cheap sports cars. Selling for 175, Kimber's new baby was based on the contemporary Morris Minor and featured pretty, boat-tailed, fabric coachwork by the Coventry-based coachbuilder, Carbodies. The 847cc, overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder engine derived from that of the Wolseley Ten, and mated to this little gem of a power unit was a three-speed crash gearbox. Produced initially at Cowley, the Midget proved to be a strong seller and production transferred to Abingdon when the MG factory moved there in the autumn of 1929. M-Types were awarded the Team Prize in the 1930 Double Twelve 24-hour race at Brooklands, and this success provided a welcome boost to sales, which amounted to 3,253 cars by the time production ceased in 1933. Capitalising on its Brooklands success, MG produced 30 Double Twelve Replicas, which featured many of the modifications made to the team cars including narrower bodywork and deeper door cutaways, while the racer's altered valve timing found its way onto the production M-Type for 1931. Chassis number '2M0747' is one of the very first cars completed in December 1929 at MG's new Abingdon factory where production had shifted from Edmund Road in Cowley. Indeed, correspondence on file suggests that it is only the second car completed at Abingdon and the oldest known survivor. The car's Triple-M Register entry lists owners going back to the 1970s and records that the original engine 'MG594A' was replaced with 'MG526A' by the factory. A typed sheet on file records details of the MG's restoration, which included a new plywood body tub, chassis re-rusted and Hammerited, new upholstery to original pattern, partial engine rebuild, new clutch, new batteries (2011) and all ancillaries either new or re-conditioned. The gearbox is the rare and desirable optional four-speeder. A super little M-Type, well restored and ready to enjoy, 'VR 4730' is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document. The hood frame comes with the car but is in need of re-covering.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
Lot Number381
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberVR 4730
Chassis number2M0747
Engine numberMG-6347A
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors