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. 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 Some 2,000 PAs were produced between 1934 and 1935 when the model was superseded by the relatively short-lived PB.
This particular example is a chassis-up restored machine with all new suspension, corners, brakes, hubs, steering and cooling system, mated to a professionally restored engine with a Phoenix crankshaft, counterbalance with matching connecting rods and Cosworth pistons.
The sporting body has been completely refurbrished with special attention paid to the ash frame and dashboard, with the addition of extra gauges specifically relevant when touring, and a new leather interior roof, half tonneau covers and side screens, all by Collingburn.
The car has covered 2,000 miles since its substantial restoration work was completed.