Midget, Magna & Magnette Models 1929 to 1936


M Type - Midget
The first of the MMM (Midget - Magna - Magnette) cars, this being the Midget. Crude by modern standards, but a very willing sports car for the price in its day. Produced from 1929 through 1932.
 

C Type
- Midget
The production version of EX-120, the C type was introduced in 1931 as a racing car. It met that challenge nicely, having achieved 100 MPH on a 750 cc engine. 44 built between 1931 and 1932.
 
 
D Type - Midget
Shown here in 4-seater form, the D-type was a less-than-successful attempt at commercializing the C-type. Due to longer wheelbase and more coachwork, the D lacked the performance of its predecessor.
 
 

F Type
- Magna
The first of the Magna model, the F was essentially a 6 cylinder version of the C and D. Its increased engine capacity, derived from the Wolseley Hornet, gave it a very sprightly performance. 1244 cars produced in 2-seater and 4 seater open and closed configurations between 1931 and 1932.
 
 J Type - Midget (J2 pictured)
Considered by many as the pinnacle of pre-war MG Midgets, the J was the first of the traditional "square-rigger" style. Its 847 cc engine delivered a 78 MPH top speed, but its two-bearing crank was the weak link in the design. 2463 cars made during 1932 - 1934 in both 2 seater and 4 seater open configurations. The later years were produced with swept wings as standard.
 
J3 - Midget
A supercharged version of the J2 with a 750 cc displacement, the J3 was designed for street and occasional trials work. Only 22 were built during 1932 and 1933.
 

J4 - Midget
Only 9 of these J4s were ever built. Strictly not for the amateur, these cars were a serious contender in all-out racing.
 


K Type - Magnette
Probably the most serious contender in international racing to come out of Great Britain prior to the war was the famous Magnette range K3. Here shown in its initial slab-tank style, Ks were built in a large variety of forms including single-seat, 2-seater, and 4-seater open versions as well as closed saloons.
 

L Type
- Magna
Made in about the same period as its diminutive relative, the J, the L1 (4 seater) and L2 (2 seater) sported a six-cylinder engine, and was the Magna model. Around 600 sold.
 
N Type - Magnette
The N was introduced in early 1934. A KD engine with 1271cc was fitted to the later K-type road cars. It was improved by fitting a modified cylinder head and the crankshaft used a similar design to that of the P-type engine. In addition to the two and four-seater, N-types were fitted with unsold K2 bodies, resulting in the ND. The NA Allinghams were built at the instigation of W. H. Allingham of Stratford Place, London, as were Airline Coupes.
 
P Type
- Midget
The P was a much more refined Midget that its predecessor J. Its 3 bearing crank was much more robust delivering a very smooth performance with the same 847 cc displacement. The later PB had an increased displacement of 939 cc and a few more creature comforts. 2499 produced from 1934 to 1936.
 
Q Type - Midget
Derived as much from the Magnette line as from the P Midget, the Q Midget was again designed to appeal to the racing enthusiast. It delivered 110 bhp from its 750 cc engine - no small feat of engineering. Its lack of commercial success is perhaps attributable to the fact that the £555 price tag put it beyond the means of the average enthusiast. Thus only 8 were ever built making it the lowest production of any pre-war MG.
 
R Type - Midget
Yet another attempt to capture the glories of racing by the MG Car Company, the R type represented the further experimentation in redesigned chassis and suspension started in the Q type, this time in monoposto or single-seater configuration. A bit heavy to match earlier successes, the R fell victim of the close of factory racing in 1936. 10 of these were nonetheless produced before this in 1935.