1934 MG NA Roadster

In early 1934, MG launched the N-Type Magnette, replacing the prior L and K-Types in MG’s diverse model lineup. Built to perform, consistent with MG tradition, the N-Type was powered by a modified  1,271cc overhead-cam inline six-cylinder engine derived from the KD and delivering 56 factory-rated horsepower at 5,500 rpm. The N-Type chassis was reinforced and equipped with underslung rear-axle location yielding a low ride height. Two variations were offered – the N on the 96-inch wheelbase, complemented by the KN on a 108-inch wheelbase chassis. A wide array of eight open and closed body styles were available on the N-Type, plus bare chassis intended for coach built bodies.

As with the prior K-Type MGs, the N-Type was a constant threat at major rallies and circuit races of the era, particularly when fitted with a supercharger. Aside from the K-Type, the N-Type was the most successful MG racing model of its era, most notably with Charles Dodson scoring a class victory in the 1934 Tourist Trophy for Land Speed Record legend George Eyston.

According to data published in Mike Allison’s authoritative book, MG: the Magic of the Marque, 811 MG N-Types were produced in all, including this captivating 1934 MG NA 2-seat Roadster, one of just 176 produced. Numbered NA/0353 and restored approximately 15 years ago by noted MG specialist Steve Crowley, this NA Roadster is resplendent in its visually striking duo-tone finish in Carmen Red and Saratoga Red over flowing open coachwork, suggestive of speed and adventure even while at rest. Trimmed in Dark Red leather upholstery by Mike Collingburn and complemented by a handsome burled Walnut dashboard. The highly detailed engine, finished in Red and equipped with twin S.U. carburetors and a polished cam cover, was rebuilt by Chris Leydon.

Featuring a characteristically aggressive chrome MG radiator shell, this wonderfully presented MG NA Roadster is further accented by a chrome horn and Red wire wheels mounting period style tires. Weather gear includes a Black canvas folding top, matching boot cover, and side curtains. An interesting additional detail is the 1934 U.K. tax disc affixed to the lower right of the MG’s windscreen, with the vehicle number ‘MG 4738’ matching the registration plate mounted to the rear of the vehicle.

As described in MG Enthusiast magazine, the N-Type Magnette line “…spelled the end to niche car manufacturing at MG and to the construction of MGs for sale to the public as dedicated competition cars. Abingdon’s next sports car, the TA of 1936, would be aimed at a mass market and there would be no fire-breathing special factory editions for the favoured few. The N-Type was the last of its kind, for better or for worse…” If you are seeking an outstanding example of MG’s prewar greatness, this very rare 1934 MG NA Magnette Roadster offers a compelling opportunity for committed marque collectors and enthusiasts everywhere with its dashing good looks, marque-specialist restoration, and incomparable open-air sporting experience.


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