Fort Lauderdale

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
27 - 29 March 2015
Lot 169

1934 MG N-Type Magnette

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$45,100 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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After the introduction of the new P-Type Midget early in 1934, the N-Type six-cylinder Magnette appeared, replacing the L-Types and K-Types. Originally, these models were fitted with a 1,271-cc, 56-hp engine in a beefed-up chassis. The new six-cylinder N-Type was capable of a top speed of just over 80-mph, making it slightly faster than the smaller P-Type that could achieve 75-mph.

The N-Type, in addition to having a softer ride and being easier to drive than its predecessors, also had much more spacious and comfortable passenger accommodations. It was offered as an open two- and four-seater model, as well as a graceful two-door hardtop known as the Airline Coupe. Only 745 N-Types were built between 1934 and 1936.

Aside from the K-Types, the N-Types were the most successful racing MG models of this period. In 1934, a six-cylinder N-Type won the TT at the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland and competed in team trials starting in 1937.

This N-Type roadster is presented in red with a black canvas soft-top and black interior. It has been mechanically and cosmetically restored in a very nice fashion, with the frame and body in solid condition according to the accompanying report. This right-hand drive example is stated to be powered by a 1,287-cc inline six-cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors that is paired to a four-speed manual transmission.

Among the equipment is an MG banjo-style steering wheel, painted wire wheels with chrome knock-offs, a partially countersunk and matching rear-mounted spare, traffic indicators, dashboard-mounted rearview mirror, electric windshield wipers, “suicide”-style door hinging, Lucas King Road headlights, Lucas chrome horn, Lucas foglight, chrome fold-down windshield, British license plates, plus badge bar with a New England MG register tag. It is also complemented by an MG instruction manual, plus an MG service and parts list book. In 2002, this desirable N-Type MG was awarded third place in the New Hope Auto Show. This accomplishment is noted by the attending trophy from the event.

MG historian and author Mike Allison (The Magic of MG, Dalton Watson Ltd., 1972) stated; “the N’s were probably the best of the OHC MGs, having adequate performance in standard form and yet being capable of taking much more without upsetting its good manners.” Even when new, the N-Type was much admired by MG enthusiasts and praised in the press for its ability to travel long distances effortlessly at 50- to 60-mph.