Portola Hotel & Spa
18 - 19 August 2017
Lot 168

1933 MG L-Type Magna Sports Roadster


$82,500 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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  • Recent sorting; ready for road use
  • Significant original features
  • An ideal driver, well suited for touring

As per the Triple-M Register of the MG Car Club, this particular chassis was sold new by the Smith Auto Co. Ltd. of Croydon, Surrey, to H.K. Kelman of Bromley, Kent. Born as a four-seat tourer, it was originally registered as AKL 287 on 5 December 1933. Whilst the car’s subsequent history is unknown, as of 1963 the car was modified into the style of an L2 sports roadster. At the time, then-owner Bob Rushton believed that the conversion had been done by a previous owner, a Mr. Brown. Later owned by David Ridler in the late 1990s, the car was then sold out of the United Kingdom to a prominent private museum collection located in Japan.

Imported to the United States only a few years ago, the car was acquired by the consignor in early 2016. After being shipped to its new home in New York, it received some sorting in preparation for further road use. The carburetors were sent to specialist Joe Curto for a complete rebuild. Following their reinstallation in the car, all throttle and chock linkages were adjusted and synched. The standard muffler was replaced with straight pipes in an effort to increase horsepower and aural excitement.

Currently finished in British Racing Green, the car is fitted with a matching dark green interior and wire wheels. Cycle-type fenders are fitted in place of the standard L2 full-length swept style. The damascened instrument panel is equipped with Jaeger speedometer and gauges. The ignition lock has its original numbered key. Ideally suited for rallies or vintage racing, it has a 5.28:1 final drive ratio, a bit taller than the standard 5.375:1 unit. The car comes complete with a black canvas roof for inclement weather, a hidden tool kit, an original catalogue for Magna L-Type models, a file of invoices accounting for the recently completed work, and its original muffler.