1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295

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Lot 88
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer
Registration no. JB 6879 Chassis no. PB0295

£ 32,000 - 38,000
US$ 43,000 - 52,000
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer
Registration no. JB 6879
Chassis no. PB0295
Odometer reading: tbc
MOT: Exempt



*One of only 525 built
*Rare four-seater model
*Expertly restored over a 10-year period
*Completed in 2016


Replacement for the successful J2 Midget, the P-Type (later PA) followed the general lines of its predecessor but was equipped with an improved and more robust version of MG's 847cc, four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine. Some 2,000 PAs were produced between 1934 and 1935 when the model was superseded by the short-lived PB, of which only 525 were made. Competition from the Singer Nine Sports had prompted the introduction of the PB, which was powered by a 939cc version of the OHC engine as well as incorporating a close-ratio gearbox and numerous other improvements. With 43bhp on tap (up from 36) the PB boasted superior acceleration and a top speed of over 70mph. Today, the PB is often regarded as the last 'true' MG before new owners Morris Motors opted for a less exotic pushrod engine for the successor T-Series.
A rare four-seater model, this PB was first registered on 17th September 1935 as 'JB 6869' and reregistered as 'VXS 384' on 1st November 2016 before changing to 'JB 6879'. The car's history may be traced back to new in the Abingdon records, and the colour scheme is correct. Some years ago this PB was a chassis missing many parts, including the engine. An MG expert spent many years sourcing the missing components and comprehensively rebuilding the car, even obtaining a registration close to the original. Completed in 2016, the rebuild was carried out to exacting standards and this PB has to be one of the best currently available (see bills on file). It should be noted that the gearchange positions are 'reversed', so care is required.

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 90 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 25 /25
    Body Work: 5
    Paint: 5
    Glass: 5
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
    Wheels/Tyres: 5

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 20 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 5
    Axles: 5
    Suspension: 5
    Brakes: 5

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 18 /20
    Seats: 5
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 5
    Headlining: 4
    Trim: 4

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8 /10
    Main components: 4
    Ancillary components: 4

    ENGINE TOTAL: 16 /20
    Starting: 4
    Running: 4
    Under Bonnet: 4
    Mechanical components: 4

    Car History File: 3
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
1935 MG Midget PB Tourer  Chassis no. PB0295
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