Classic Car Catalogue

MG 1934

J-type Midget – discontinued 2494 cars and chassis were made.
K-type Magnette  
L-type Magna – discontinued 576 cars and chassis were made
P-type Midget – new model in January
N-type Magnette – new model
Q-type (racing car) – May - September - 8 ex.

Great Britain

Powstało 2061 roadsterów i 23 podwozia J-type.
PA – następca modelu J 2 oferowany jest jako tourer, roadster i Airline Coupé. Rozstaw osi zwiększono z 2181 do 2214 mm.
Some 575 L-type were built during 1933-34, with open two- and four-seater, four-seater Salonette and two-seater Coupé bodywork. L-type ‘Continental Coupé’, a style of saloon car much favoured by Cecil Kimber but which was a commercial disaster. One-hundred Continental Coupé bodied cars was produced and it was over three years before they were all sold, long after the L type had ceased production. An L1 saloon was also produced, similar in style to the F Salonnette but it, too, proved not to be popular.
The N-type was introduced in April 1934 to augment the present range of Magnettes and to take the place of the open models on the Magna chassis. The wheelbase is of 8 ft. Four-seater costs £335 and the two-seater £305. In addition two/four-seater body at £350 and Airline Coupé is offered by H.W. Allingham. A KD engine with 1271cc previously used in K-type road cars is improved by fitting a modified cylinder head and the crankshaft uses a similar design to that of the P-type engine. In addition to the two-seater, N-types were fitted with unsold K2 bodies, those cars are designated as ND.
The P-type is a much more refined Midget that its predecessor J-type. Its 3 bearing crank is much more robust delivering a very smooth performance with the same 847 cc displacement. It come in two body styles. The two-seat body is similar in style to the J2 with flowing wings and a short running board but an inch and a half wider across the seats. The four-seat body, however, is quite different with enclosed petrol tank at the back and very pleasing lines. No saloon version is offered but an attractive Airline Coupé body is produced. The same Airline body is available on an N chassis.
It was only two months after the start of P type production that the Q-type racing Midget was announced. Like its J and C predecessors the Q use the short-stroke, 73mm, counter-balanced crankshaft but now with the advantage of the centre main bearing of its P type block. The supercharger fitted is a Zoller unit, giving over 25 psi of boost, an almost unheard of pressure for a racing engine, and developing over 110 bhp. The body bore more than a passing resemblance to the ‘pointed tail’ K3. Surprisingly, the Q type was a catalogue car costing £550. Only 8 were built.
The KA (6 cyl, 1086 cc, 39 bhp) is fitted to the new ‘pillarless’ K=type saloons on a long wheelbase chassis, while the KB (6 cyl, 1086 cc, 41 bhp) is fitted to four-seat tourers with the same long wheelbase and to the two-seat sports cars, built on a short wheel base version. The long wheelbase cars, both tourers and saloons, are known as K1s while the short wheelbase version are known as K2. A third version on the short wheel base chassis - K3 have another engine variant also known as K3 (6 cyl, 1086 cc, 120 bhp). K3 1934 models have a pointed tail section. Late in production, another engine variant, the KD was produced which returned the stroke to 83mm and the capacity to 1271cc and 48 bhp which gave the cars a welcome increase in performance.
The N-type engine is fitted to the remaining long wheelbase K chassis to produce the KN model ‘pillarless’ saloon. The more powerful engine certainly improved the appeal of these saloons, which now had a top speed of 75 mph and good acceleration.
N-type. The range and number of MG models is becoming unsustainable and a decision was taken to rationalise production by reducing the number available to the public. The knowledge gained from racing and reCord breaking continued to be fed back into production and another six-cylinder engine variant was designed, similar to the KD but incorporating the latest modifications to the cylinder head, combustion chamber design and inlet manifold. The new engine now give a very respectable 56 bhp and is installed in a new chassis, which is now wider at the back than the front, giving improving stability. Chassis rigidity is ensured by the use of cross tubes as before but much larger in section. A competition version of the N type was introduced, the NE, which was developed specifically to conform to the Tourist Trophy race regulations of 1934 which forbad superchargers. The principle difference lay in the NE engine which have considerably greater valve overlap and higher compression, producing more power at higher revolutions but this timing scheme isn't use in the production cars.
After their success in the 1934 TT, three of the NEs were formed into a trials team by the factory, known as The Three Musketeers; Athos, Porthos and Aramis. At least one of these, in fact the winning TT car, competed initially with its racing body retained but subsequently all three cars were re-bodied with P type frames. Another variant, this time making use of stockpiled K2 bodies, using the N chassis and running gear is known as the NK or ND although it is not clear if this was ever intended as a production car.

J-type Midget

J2 4 cyl, ohc, 847 cc, 36 bhp  
wb: 7' 2'' open two-seat 2061 ex. between July '32 and January '34
J5 4 cyl, ohc, 746 cc,  
wb: 7' 2'' racing  


J2 Midget

K-type Magnette

K1 6 cyl., ohc, 1086 cc – discontinued in June.
wb: 9' 0'' saloon 74 ex.
  open four-seater 97 ex.
K2 6 cyl., ohc, 1086 cc – discontinued in January
wb: 7' 10'' open two-seater 20 ex.
K3 6 cyl., ohc, 1086 cc, (s) – discontinued in August
wb: 7' 10'' racing 33 ex.
KN   – new model in July
wb: 9' 0''    


The KN is based on N-type with wheeelbase extended to 9 ft vs. 8 ft on the open models. Six-cylinder 12 HP engine of 1287 cc has overhead camshaft. Chassis costs £295 and complete car is £399.

L-type Magna

L1 6 cyl, 1086 cc, 41 bhp – discontinued in January
wb: 7' 10'' 4-seat tourer 258 ex.
L 6 cyl, 1086 cc, 41 bhp – discontinued in January
wb: 7' 10'' salonette 97 ex.
  Continental Coupe 100 ex.




Q-type (racing car) (4 cyl, 746 cc, 113 bhp; wb: 7' 10'') – 8 were made between May and September           



P-type Midget

wb: 7' 3½'' 4 cyl.
847 cc
36 bhp
– new model in January.
P-type Midget    



N-type Magnette

wb: 8' 0'' 6 cyl.
1271 cc
56 bhp
– new model
NA   – new nodel in April
ND   – 24 were made
NE   – 7 racing cars were built


N-type Magnette Four-seater

N-type Magnette drop-head Coup é by Sportcar A.G. Of Zurich, Switzerland

Magnette supercharged – prototype






GP races:
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
30.09.1934 Masaryk Circut 3 2 2 46 George Eyston K3 Magnette 1.1 →1500 4th
          68 Richard Seaman K3 Magnette 1.1 →1500 5th
Other Races:
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
France Le Mans 24 Hours 16-17.06.1934 5 4 2 34 Martin / Roy Eccles Magnette K3 4th (1st 751-1100)
Spa 10 Hours 08.07.1934 1 1 1 82     (2nd 1.1)
Tourist Trophy         Dodson   1st

K3 Magnette

K3 Magnette

Midget PA MG 844 cc (Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier / Charles Duruy) at Le Mans.

K3 Magnette 1.087 cc. (Charles E. C. Martin / Roy Eccles) finished 4th and won 751-1100 cc class at Le Mans.


A. Ashton-Rigby being congratulated by C.E.C. Martin after winning the first race at Brooklands at 90.46 m.p.h. on his Magna.

  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
20-26.01.1934 Rallye Monte Carlo 5 ? 3 111 Howard   68th

H.T. Horton with his record-breaker at Brooklands

“Magic Magnette” broke 12 world reCords at Monthlery race track, becoming the fastest 1100cc car in the world