MG N type Magnette Supercharged Special
Year of Manufacture: 1934
The MG N types were the final development of the 6-cylinder Magnette type. They had a lighter yet stiffer chassis than the K types and a slightly narrower track. The N engine was 1271cc and had improved porting over the K developing 21% more horsepower in the unblown format. Standard Ns developed 56 bhp @ 5500 rpm but the NE with special valve timing and larger carburettors developed 74bhp@ 6400 rpm., which was a very high output for 1934. Supercharged, the engines can develop over 120 bhp. The standard gearbox was a Wolseley 4 speed crash box but the Wilson 75 PSGB by ENV was available in period as an option for £25. Some NEs had ENV manual gearboxes.
N types were very active competitively in the UK winning the 1934 Ulster TT race and numerous trials. With the amalgamation of MG into Morris in 1935, racing was stopped and the production of the OHC MGs ceased.
In Australia, N types were also very competitive prewar. 2 NEs were imported as well as approximately 16 NAs in period, competing in a variety of events including the Lobethal and Bathurst AGPs.
The N type was the last OHC MGs in production lasting till April 1936 with 736 being built.
The factory file from the triple M register show that this car went to Morris Industries for Export, was a 2-seater with engine number 1192AN and body number 175. Though no destination was recorded.
The car was found in the United states in the possession of an MG enthusiast, Mr Chis Leydon, who had just restored the Doreen Evens Trials NA and was considering building a replica but ultimately decided to sell it. It was then purchased and brought into Australia as a rolling chassis with parts in around 2002. It changed hands several times before an extensive full restoration was undertaken between 2012-2015 by the current owner at a significant expense, at the highly revered workshops of Paul Chaleyer at Historic and Vintage Restorations (HVR) in Melbourne.
This included a new fully aluminium body in BRG livery, in K3 style, with cockpit enlarged for the 6’1 tall owner. The ENV Type 75 preselector gearbox was rebuilt, and a swag of new parts added included; stub axles, steering box, , crown wheel and pinion, wheels and tyres, instruments, exhaust, K3 style sump (larger capacity). The car has standard cable N-Type brake system which was rebuilt. The engine has the follow new components; engine block, crankshaft, crank, conrods, new n-type crown flow head and the Volumex Supercharger (Roots type) was rebuilt.
This MG would be lucky to have covered 3,000 Km since restoration, drives exceptionally well and is presented in immaculate condition having had a full service By HVR in October last year, ready to be driven and enjoyed.
This car is sold unregistered.
Thank you to Andrew Fock - Captain on the Australian Prewar MG register for his assistance.