MG C-Type

MG C-type Midget (1931-1932)

The MG C-type was a small sports car, the MG produced from 1931 to 1932. It was designed for competition use and based on its predecessor, the M-Type Midget. A special vehicle, which was developed for George Eyston from the M-Type to log in to try the 750 cc class in Montlhery on the 24 - hour record EX120. This attempt was successful and so was a race - replica of this vehicle and was called " C-Type Midget ".

The car had a four-cylinder in-line engine with an overhead camshaft ( OHC ) and vertical shaft, as it was used in the Morris Minor 1928 and Wolseley Ten, but with reduced stroke, another crankshaft and a single SU carburettor. This engine with 746 cc 44 bhp made ​​( 32.3 kW) at 6,400 min -1. In 1932 there was the car with cross-flow cylinder head, as in the J -type was used later. A PowerPlus compressor, which allowed the engine power of 52.4 bhp ( 38.5 kW) at 6,500 min -1, was also available on request. The engine power was transmitted through a non- synchronized four-speed gearbox to the rear wheels. The chassis was re-engineered, had the form of a conductor with cross members made ​​of round tubing and went through under the rear axle. The suspension had semi-elliptical leaf springs and friction shock absorbers from Hartford. At the two rigid axles, the wire spoked wheels were hanging with central locking. The car had a wheelbase of 2,057 mm and a track width of 1,067 mm.

The doorless body consisted of a planked with sheet steel ash wood frame and had a pointed boat tail for the spare wheel and mitgelenkte front fender. Later versions had a more conventional rear end and a rectangular fuel tank. The exhaust was directed along the outside of the body and ended in a spectacular fishtail. The record car had a streamlined fairing on the radiator, but in later vehicles were allowed to trim this away, as they are often made ​​at low speeds for motor overheating.

The standard vehicle initially cost £ 295 or £ 345 with naturally aspirated engines with turbocharged engine; at the end of production the prices were £ 490, or £ 575

As the record holder of Montlhery and the C -type vehicles have been used in many competitions; a factory team with fourteen vehicles went to the 1931, ' Double Twelve '' at Brooklands and took the first five places.