Pre - War MG's
Old Number One
Not the first MG ever built, but certainly the first MG "sports car" built for Cecil Kimber for use in the 1925 Lands End Trial.
The production version of EX-120, the C type was introduced in 1931 as a racing car. It met that challenge nicely, having achieved 100 MPH on a 750 cc engine. 44 of these cars were produced between 1931 and 1932.
The D Type was an attempt to bring about a commercially produced version of the C Type and due to its longer wheelbase and larger amount of coachwork, the D Type lacked the performance of the C Type and was somewhat unsuccessful
The F Type was the first of the Magna models. It was basically a 6 cylinder version of the C and D Types. The engine, which was derived from the Wolseley Hornet engine of the time provided impressive performance. The F Type was available as a two or four seater in open and closed roof variants. There were 1244 F Types produced between 1931 and 1932.
Thought upon by many as the pinnacle of all the pre-war Midgets, the J Type was the first MG to feature the traditional "square rigger" body styling. Equipped with an 847 cc engine, it was capable of speeds of up to 78 MPH. The J Type was available as a two or a four seater and between 1932 and 1934 2463 J Types were produced.
The K Type was probably the most serious contender in international racing to come out of Britain before the war. K Types were available in a variety of forms including single seater, 2 seater and 4 seater open versions as well as closed saloons. The K Type was powered by a 6 cylinder 1086 cc Engine.
The M Type was the first of the MMM Series (Midget-Magna-Magnette) of cars, the M Type being the Midget. By today's standards it was a very crude sports car however in its day it had excellent performance for the price. It was powered by a 4 cylinder overhead cam 847cc engine. The M Type was the first MG model to be produced in large numbers and a production figure was reached of 3325 cars between late 1928 and mid 1932.
The N Type was introduced early in 1934. It was powered by an improved version of the 1271cc KD engine from the later K Type road cars, improvements were made to this engine by fitting a modified cylinder head and a improved crankshaft.
The P Type was produced from 1934 to 1936 with a total production of 2499. It was a much more refined MG Midget than its predecessor, the J Type. The 847cc engine was equipped with a three bearing crank which made the engine much more robust and gave it a very smooth performance. The later P Type, known as the PB was given a larger engine of 939cc and was equipped with a few more refinements to make it a more comfortable car.
The Q Type was derived from the Magnette and the P Type Midget and designed with the racing enthusiast in mind. It had a 750cc engine which delivered 110 bhp. It was commercially unsuccessful and the most likely reason for its lack of success was that with a price tag of 555 pounds it was beyond the reach of the average enthusiast. Only 8 Q Types were produced, making it the lowest production of any of the pre war MG's.
The R Type was another attempt by the MG Car Company to capture the glories of racing. It continued the experimentation in redesigned chassis and suspension which was seen in the Q Type, however, this time it was in a single seater layout. Due to its weight, it did not follow the racing success of earlier MG Models and only 10 were produced in 1935.
In 1936 the SA was introduced by the MG design team, which had, by that time, moved to Cowley. It was a true luxury saloon car, built on a very large chassis and powered by a 2 litre, 6 cylinder engine.
The VA was at the time intended to be a replacement for the Magnette, however, it never lived up to that title. Its low revving engine was not capable of the performance of the earlier cars. Nonetheless, it still had appeal for the open-motoring set, with versions in 4 seater open, tourer and Tickford body styles.
The WA was the largest MG ever built and, powered by a 2.6 litre, 6 cylinder engine, it was an update of the earlier SA which was becoming a little bit dated. There were 369 WA cars produced before World War II halted production.