MG M-Type

MG M-Type Midget sports two-seater (1930 )

The MG M-Type was a small sports car, the MG produced from April 1929 to 1932. Sometimes it is also called the MG 8/33. He was introduced at the London Motor Show in 1928, when sales of the larger MG vehicles broke down because of the global economic crisis. With this small car, the first Midget (German: dwarf) to MG opened up a new market segment, which probably saved the company from going under. Early units were built in the Morris plant in Cowley, but in 1930 the production was moved to Abingdon.

The two-door sports car had a revised version of the four-cylinder engine with an overhead camshaft ( OHC ) and vertical shaft, as it was already used in the Morris Minor 1928 and Wolseley Ten with a single SU carburettor. The 847 cc, 20 bhp engine made ​​(15 kW ) at 4000 rpm. About a unsynchronized three-speed gearbox, the engine power was transmitted to the rear wheels. The chassis was also based on the Morris Minor, but had a lower ground clearance. The two rigid axles with wire spoke wheels with central locking hung on semi-elliptic leaf springs and friction dampers Hartford. The car had 1981 mm wheelbase and a track width of 1067 mm.

1930, some improvements have been introduced: The Zugstangenbremssystem Morris, wherein the hand brake acted on the propeller shaft has been replaced by a cable system with a hinged hand brake. The brake on the propeller shaft was omitted. The engine output rose by a sharper camshaft to 27 bhp (20 kW) and, on request, there was a four-speed transmission. The doors were hinged front. Also on request, there was from 1932 a supercharged version, its top speed was 128 km / h.

Early bodies were made of a fabric-covered wooden frame, 1931 you went to the mixed construction ( with sheet steel paneled wooden frame ) over. Most cars were spanned by Carbo This in Coventry and offered by MG either as an open two-seater or as a " Sportsman" coupés, but some chassis were also sent to other Stellmacher, as Jarvis. The factory even made ​​a van ago as a workshop vehicle. The car reached a top speed of 105 km / h and consumed 7.2 l / 100 km. The open version cost in their appearance £ 175, a price which quickly rose to 185 pounds. The coupé cost £ 245, the compressor version from 1932 £ 250 3235 Total incurred vehicles.

The M-Type had amazing sporting successes; both the work team and privateer won gold medals in the Land's End Trial 1929 and class wins in the Double Twelve race at Brooklands 1930. Two cars were also reported in the 24- hour race at Le Mans in 1930, but none reached the goal.


MG M-Type Midget sports two-seater (1929 )

MG M-Type Midget sports two-seater (1930 )

MG M-Type Midget sports two-seater (1930 )

MG M-Type Midget sports two-seater (1930 )

MG M-Type Midget sports two-seater (1931 )

MG M-Type (1930 )

MG M-Type 1931