MG PA Police Roadster
In 1934, the PA was the latest in the line of MG Midgets, dating back to the 1928 M-Type. The PA, of which 2,000 were built, replaced the J2, and while the two-seater version was similar in style to the J2, the wheelbase was longer and the body wider. The most significant improvement, however, was that the crankshaft main bearings were increased from two to three. The top-end was a carry-over with a cross-flow cylinder head and a single overhead camshaft.
An output of 36 brake horsepower for a police car sounds ludicrous today, but it has to be seen in the perspective of the low-powered family cars then in use in Britain. Also, the roads were two-lanes and frequently congested, so a nimble little car could play a useful part in a police fleet. The doors on this car provide the evidence of its interesting past. All Midgets, from the J-series through to the 1955 TF, had rearward-hinged, or “suicide,” doors. But to suit their needs, the Lancashire police insisted on doors that were forward-hinged.
Part of the RM Auctions Hershey event in October, 2012.
36 bhp, 847 cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors, four-speed non-synchronized gearbox, beam front axle with semi-elliptic springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, and cable-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 87 in.
Source: RM Auctions