This latest model is a marked improvement in all respects over its forbears, reported The Autocar magazine after road-testing the new P-Type Midget in November 1934. A replacement for the successful J2 Midget, the PA followed the general lines of its predecessor but was equipped with a more robust version of MG’s 847cc, four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine benefiting from a cross-flow cylinder head, stronger, three-bearing crankshaft and better lubrication.
Chassis alterations, many resulting from competition experience, included a longer wheelbase, strengthened transmission and 12-diameter (up from 8’) brakes. Top speed was in the region of 75mph. Built in two- and four-seater variants, the PA in the latter form was the last Midget to offer sportscar motoring for the family. Some 2,000 PAs were produced between 1934 and 1935 when the model was superseded by the relatively short-lived PB. The classical lines of the traditional MG sportscar continued on the successor T series and today these wonderful little cars, whose lines and driving characteristics are so redolent of pre-war days, remain highly sought after by enthusiasts.
Purchased by the current vendor in 1969, it was subject to a restoration that year, being completed in 1970. Most recently the car was subject to an engine rebuild, including new king pins, Luvax shock absorbers and had the trafficators disconnected.
Finished in the stunning shade of midnight blue over blue both body and chassis and paintwork are in good condition, having been resprayed and re-chromed in the late 1990’s. Mechanically both engine and transmission are in excellent order.
The car comes complete with a large history file as you would expect from a car having been in such long ownership, along with aero screens and full weather equipment. Offered with a sensible reserve.