Lot 272 - 1936 MG NB Magnette
|Odometer reading||26,487 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
|Result||Sold - £66,080|
The late 1940's and early 1950's brought about the rebirth and rapid growth of sports car racing, in those early years, MG was the dominant marque. Initially many MG owners formed clubs and enjoyed low key activities such as rallies, gymkhanas, poker runs and hill climbs. When the desire for more competition spurred interest in road racing, MG's began to appear in droves on starting grids at road racing events around the country; in fact, they usually made up the majority of entrants. The NB was the final derivation of the famous pre-war racing 'K' Series MGs to compete and in many cases record class victories, at Brooklands, the Mille Miglia and at Le Mans. It was also the last MG model built with an overhead cam engine before push-rod engines were adopted across the model range. Manufactured in 1935-36, a mere 98 NB two-seater models were built making this a very rare car indeed.
Originally registered on 30th June 1936 in Kent, 'CYK 91' has resided in the south-east of England for its entire life. The current vendor, who is a very knowledgeable MG enthusiast, has owned the car for the last couple of years. Prior to this, the custodian owned the car for some 45 years and oversaw a total restoration in the 1980's. The ash frame was restored as was the chassis and bodywork. The engine was also rebuilt and exclusively original components sourced. The entire process is documented in a photographic album. Returning to the road in 1991, this MG is still in first class order, a testament to the quality of the work and also how she has been lovingly looked after since. The current vendor has just had some electrical work carried out on her and describes the car as having no known faults. Finished in stunning two-tone claret over red with deep red leather interior, this highly desirable six-cylinder, two-seater, pre-war MG comes with a V5 registration document and a great history file. It is an opportunity to purchase a rare piece of British motoring history combined with great provenance.