Lot 250 - 1929 MG M-Type
|Estimate||£14,000 - £17,000|
The MG M-type was manufactured from April 1929 to 1932 and was sometimes referred to as the 8/33. Launched at the 1928 London Motor Show when sales of the larger MG saloons began to falter due to 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. The M-Type was one of the first genuinely affordable sports cars to be offered by an established manufacturer, as opposed to modified versions of factory-built saloon cars and tourers. This two-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 S carburettor giving 20bhp. Drive was to the rear wheels through a three-speed non-synchromesh gearbox. 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. 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.
This MG M-Type was originally registered on 8th July 1929 and is sold as an ongoing restoration project. The vendor advises us he has had the engine running recently and the chassis and floor is in good order. The fabric on the body appears to be quite new, although the bonnet will require painting. All of the parts are thought to be present and require either refurbishing or refitting; this car is supplied with a V5 registration document and an old style buff logbook. This is a perfect project for the coming Autumn months as it does not take up too much garage space, is simple to work on and well supported through various clubs.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.