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MG L-Type 1100 6 Cyl. Roadster Magna '33

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L-Type 1100 6 Cyl. Roadster Magna '33



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The MG L-type was produced by the MG Car company in 1933 and 1934. This 2-door sports car used a smaller version of the 6-cylinder overhead camshaft, crossflow engine which now had a capacity of 1086 cc with a bore of 57 mm and stroke of 71 mm and produced 41 bhp (31 kW) at 5500 rpm. It was previously fitted in the 1930 Wolseley Hornet and the 1931 MG F-type Magna. Drive was to the rear wheels through a four-speed non-synchromesh gearbox. The chassis was a narrower version of that used in the K-type with suspension by half-elliptic springs all round with rigid front and rear axles. The car had a wheelbase of 94 inches (2388 mm) and a track of 42 inches (1067 mm). The brakes, which were the same as in the J2, were cable-operated, with 12-inch (300 mm) drums all round. The body kept the sloping radiator seen on the F-Type, but the car now had sweeping wings, and the four-seater had cut-away doors. The L1 was the four-seat, coupé and saloon version and the L2 the 2-seater. The coupé, or Continental Coupé as it was called, was available in some very striking two-tone colours but was a slow seller, and the 100 that were made were available for a long time after the rest of the range had sold out. As a rarity, it is now a highly desirable car. The bodies for the small saloon or salonette version was not made by MG, but bought in from Abbey. The L-Type was a successful competition car, with victories in the 1933 Alpine Trial and Brooklands relay race. When new, a L1 tourer cost £299 and a Continental Coupé £350. Production : only 486! Specifications Bodywork Length: cm (in): 330 (130) Width: cm (in): 131 (51.5) Height: cm (in): 127 (50) Wheelbase: cm (in): 234 (94 Weight: kg (lb): 813 (1792) Mechanics. Displacement: straight-six 1087 cc (66 ci), front-mounted Valve gear: 12 Fuel system: 2 SU carbs Gearbox: 4-speed manual Driven wheels: rear-wheel drive Maximum power: 41 bhp at 5500 rpm Maximum speed: 125 km/h (78 mph) The K Type Magnette, and in particular the K3, is seen as the ultimate pre-war MG. However, in many ways the L-Type Magna is quite similar featuring a six cylinder engine which closely resembles the K-Type coupled with a good handling lightweight chassis. The L-Type Magna range was announced in March 1933 as a replacement for the F-Type which had been in production since October 1931. The chassis had the same dimensions as the earlier car with a 3ft 6in track fitted with the large 12 inch diameter brakes. The engine, designated a KC, was identical to that fitted to the first K-Types, save the camshaft and carburettors. In all, 486 L1's were manufactured together with 90 L2's. This particular L1 Type Magna, fitted with a Continental Coupé body and manufactured in January 1934 was not sold until November 1934 through dealer, George Newman of Euston Road in London, to Sydney Middleton of Brighton. The Continental Coupé was a striking design but not actually that popular with buyers of the time, particularly given its list price of £350 compared to £285 for a two seat open L-Type. Only 100 Continental Coupés were built between May 1933 and January 1934 but the last was not sold by the MG Car Company until June 1935. The first owner of this car, Mr Middleton, was not particularly impressed when he did take delivery. The car's factory history file, preserved in the MG Car Club archives, is thick with letters between the factory and the owner with the following extract written by the factory staff on 14 January 1935; "We acknowledge, with thanks, your letter of the 12th instant, and to say the least your remarks have come as a complete surprise. We cannot understand why you should have reason to complain about various component parts of the car, as, of course, whilst the car was here quite a considerable amount of work was effected. However, at this stage, it is quite useless to argue the point as, obviously, you are dissatisfied, and it is our wish to eradicate this impression as speedily as possible." Despite all this, this Continental Coupé body is believed to have lasted approximately 20 years before the car was laid up in around 1953. When purchased by Dick Royce of Dunstable, Bedfordshire in 1965, it was little more than a pile of mechanical bits with the body long since having fallen apart and disappeared, but at least it was complete in the mechanical sense, maintaining its original engine, gearbox and other components. Dick, a friend of the current owner, worked on and off on the project until his wife died in 1994 and he decided he would like to get it back on the road before his own deteriorating health would stop him being able to enjoy it. It was not roadworthy until 2003 and by that time, Dick's health was suffering. The final work had to be rushed to get it on the road while he could still enjoy it and in the event he only managed to do around 200 miles before having to give up. It was then laid up once more, until finally being bought by the current owner in 2010 with the intention of starting again. Joining a fine collection of MGs and other pre-war cars, the current owner decided he wanted to have the car completely rebuilt as a fast road and competition car to the highest possible standard. It was sent to Oliver Richardson, a well-known and established MMM MG restorer, with the instruction to carry out a full nut and bolt rebuild. Oliver, together with the assistance of appropriate specialists, including Brian Martin of the Vintage Panel Shop, completely rebuilt the car to include a new lightweight sports body, incorporating MG NE and Q-Type influences as per the owners design. The fully rebuilt 1086cc six cylinder engine incorporates original block and head coupled with high compression pistons, Phoenix crank and rods, Baynton Jones 'Fast Road' camshaft, MG L-Type 'Alpine' inlet manifold and 1.25" SU carburettors. Having completed under 1,000 miles since the rebuild, the car is now properly run in and ready to be used. Eligible for Vintage Sports Car Club and other pre-war car events the car is equally at home on road, track or hill climb course. Taxed and complete with a 12 month MoT test certificate, it is ready to drive away and comes with a comprehensive history file, including copies of original factory records.

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Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone.

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Xavier:          0032 472 40 1338          (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT)
Olivier:          0032 473 11 7300          (NL, FR, DE, EN)     

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