1935 MG PA close-up of lights and grill

Caption: (Above and Below) Close-up pictures of a 1935 MG PA showing the honeycomb grill, classic MG headlights and front wings.

Close-up of MG P-Type Roadster

The MG P-Type, a classic two-door roadster, was manufactured by Britain’s MG Car company from 1934 to 1936. It replaced the MG J-Type Midget that was produced from 1932 to 1934.

The P-Type chassis was a slightly longer version of that used in the J-Type, while the first version of the P-Type (the PA) was fitted with an 847cc motor similar to that of the J-Type. Enhancements to the motor included a three-bearing crankshaft, bigger camshart and twin SU carbs, producing a modest 35 bhp or 27 kW at 5,500 rpm.

Other changes included larger and more powerful brakes and longer, flowing front wings.

However, one of the PA’s problems was that it was no faster than its predecessor, so after only 18 months, MG unveiled the PB which had an enlarged 939 cc motor that increased the output significantly to 43 bhp (32 kW).

In appearance the two versions are very similar, except that the PA came with a honeycomb grill while that of the PB had vertical slats.

At the time, a new MG PA and the later MG PB sold for £222. In all, 2,000 PAs and 526 PBs were produced.

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