This Rare MG Magnette Sold for $130K At Auction
Bonhams holds an annual auction at Beaulieu, the home of the England's National Motor Museum, and the 2014 sale saw over 400 lots including automobilia, motorcycles, sports cars, luxury cars. In it was this 1934 MG Magnette ND Special. It sold for £82,140 ($132,341) including premium. Although it's a diminutive car from a company known for making budget automobiles, there's a reason why this one brought such a big price. RELATED: See pictures of the 1934 MG PA/B Le Mans Works Racing Car
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MG embraced the popularity of small capacity six-cylinder engines in the 1930s with the Magna F in 1931. This car was gradually improved so that, by the Magna NA of 1934, the 1271 cc Wolseley Hornet overhead camshaft straight-six had gone from 37 to 56 horsepower.
Chassis were gradually lightened as well and the Magna became yet another one of the MGs that were so popular on the British racing scene in the pre-World War II.
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This car is one of only 24 ND-spec Magnettes and just 738 Magnettes in total. It is believed to have raced at Brooklands and other venues in period. Even more interesting is its bodywork, which is from the full racing-spec Magna NE, of which only seven were built. It therefore features the alloy-based racing seats, leather hood strap and different headlamps as well as an NE-spec engine plus a supercharger.
Restored from 1999-2003, the car's last outing was in 2013, so it's still as usable as it is pretty. Rarity, beauty, history and the raspy exhaust note from that little supercharged six combine to make this one of the neater prewar racers out there. So the six figures at auction should come at little surprise.
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