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Lot 120 - 1935 MG PA Airline Coupe

Coachwork by Carbodies

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£84,740

Auction Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
Auction Date 6th September 2018
Day of Auction

Lot Details

Lot Number 120
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number PA 2242
Year 1935
Make MG
Model PA Airline Coupe

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Description

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 inline four, benefiting from a cross-flow cylinder head, stronger, three-bearing crankshaft and better lubrication. 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 Some 2,000 PAs were produced between 1934 and 1935 when the model was superseded by the relatively short-lived PB.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 1930’s motoring industry saw much intrigue in the concept of aerodynamics and its effect on the automobile. With coach builders such as Figoni et Falaschi and Letourner et Marchand leading the way with there teardrop and Aerosport designs for the Talbot Lago and Delage chassis, and in America there was the Chrysler Airflow among others representing a more affordable automobile.

H.W. Allingham could easily have created one of the most stunning swept back designs with the Airline Coupe fitted to the MG chassis, with over a decade of experience in the car industry at many notable coach builders.

Whilst designed by Allingham and subsequently marketed by him, the airline were in fact built by both Carbodies and Whittingham & Mitchel. In total it is believed that a mere 51 were ever constructed, with the majority of those cars being built on the four cylinder MG PA and PA series.

This MG PA Airline was would appear to be the last PA Airline produced, with the following car being converted to PB specification, and the 8th last PA.

It left production on 16th July 1935 and is believed to be the 1935 London Motor show. Not resisted until 2nd January 1936, to a MRs Violet John in Llanelly, South Wales. It last through Subsequent owners until being bought by the current owners Father in October 1965, from an young student named Brian Pratt in North Wales for £125. Until that point the car had spent all of its life within 10 miles of its first owner.

The new owner shipped the car to California because at the time he and his wife were living in San Francisco, where he spent three years restoring the car. In 1969 the car made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours, where it took first in class and best of show under the eye of Judge Phil Hill. 

The owner then moved from California to his home country of Denmark and the car soon followed, and during this time was entered into many vintage rallies and events. In 1975 the owner and MG moved back to the UK, and registered the car with its original number plates.

Now offered for sale, with family ownership since 1965, this beautiful MG PA Airline is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the prettiest and most interesting coach built British sports cars, and with only about a dozen PA Airlines known to survive, a true collectors car.


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