MG F-Type Magna

Introduced in 1931, MG’s F-Type Magna was produced for just two years until 1933 when it was succeeded by the L-Type. The model was very popular in its era, with approximately 1,250 units sold. From the outset, the F-Type was rather fashionable, and while most were fitted with bodies from a number of coachbuilders, some were produced as “F2” roadsters, giving rise to the iconic K3 racers of the era. Over the years, the trouble and expense of repairing and restoring the original bodies often led Magna owners to convert their cars to F2-style bodywork.

Among its many advanced features, the F-Type was based upon a very low chassis with an “underslung” rear suspension. The 1,275 cc engine introduced six-cylinder power to British sports cars, providing higher performance and smoother operation than the four-cylinder unit of the M-Type Midget. While originally intended for sporty touring, the F-Type achieved success in rally events during the 1930s and chalked up many speed records in highly modified form with George Eyston’s EX 135 special. Notably, a number of noted Grand Prix drivers cut their teeth on the F2 variant of the Magna, including Prince Bira and Dick Seaman.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

1.2L inline six-cylinder engine with single overhead camshaft and dual SU carburetors, E.N.V. non-synchromesh four-speed “double-top” gearbox, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension with sliding trunnions, and four-wheel cable-operated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"

Source: RM Auctions

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