MG M-Type Boat Tail Speedster
The first diminutive MG M-Type Midget was based on the recently launched original Morris Minor. MG’s founder Cecil Kimber had rushed his 10-foot long, two seater to market to be unveiled at the 1928 Olympia Motor Show in London. The new boat-tailed Midget was designed to compete with the Austin Seven sports models and other similar small sporting cars.
Initially powered by a 20 bhp, 847 cc single overhead-cam four-cylinder engine, horsepower rose to 27 bhp at 4,500 rpm by 1930. Major design factors that made the M-Type a success in competition included the left-side, siamesed inlets with exhaust ports for two and three cylinders and the slightly inclined valves in the head operated by finger-type cam followers. Ultimately, this overhead cam engine would prove equally successful in racing for the later, more powerful C-Type, Magna and Magnette range.
MG had quickly established itself as a successful competitor, and with the lightweight M-Type Midgets, the marque began regularly chalking up wins at hillclimbs, trials, rallies, and at Brooklands and other racing circuits across Europe. M-Type Midgets were commonly fitted with a sporty body, from the Carbodies coachwork firm, which consisted of an ash frame paneled in fabric-covered plywood. The tail also incorporated a hinged, pointed boattail for luggage and a spare tire.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
27 bhp, 847 cc single overhead cam four-cylinder engine, two-main bearings, three-speed gearbox, ladder frame and underslung axles, mechanical brakes, operated by Bowden cables. Wheelbase: 78"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel