First time on the market in 25 years, this magnificent MG PA (PA1209) will charm passers-by with it’s good looks and raspy exhaust note.
Following the success of the overhead cam J-Type Midget, the P-Type used an 847cc overhead cam 4-cylinder engine similar to the J Types now with a 3-bearing crankshaft, improved camshaft, and twin OM model SU carburettors all producing about 36hp at 5500rpm. Power was sent through a 4 speed non-synchro gearbox allowing a top speed of around 74mph. The PA’s chassis was a strengthened and a slightly longer version of that used in the J-Type with half-elliptic springs all round and cable operated drum brakes in all four corners. 1,973 examples were produced before its replacement with the short-lived PB.
This lovely award winning MG PA presents in stunning condition after it’s restoration was completed in 2014 – winning best post vintage 1931-1939 at the RACQ Motorfest in Brisbane (2014). Since then PA1209 has seen relatively low millage.
Not much is known about the history of PA1209 until Ralph Clark, the Engineering manager of Leyland South Africa at the time and a highly respected MG authority in Cape Town, was involved in restoring the car for Ron Ott, the then manufacturing director of Leyland South Africa who had acquired PA1209 in bits as part of a deceased estate in the early 1980’s.
Ralph and Ron took advantage of their status within the Leyland factory and put the PA body through the paint shop over a weekend, have the upholstery redone in the trim shop and have the apprentices rebuild the engine and produce many small parts as needed.
At some point the MG was sold to Heyns Stead in Pretoria, South Africa and then later sold to the now current owner in January 1997. PA1209 was later shipped to Australia in a 40’ shipping container along with the owner’s furniture and their equally loved Oxford and Cambridge Blue TD.
About 12 years later, PA1209 ran a big end bearing on the back straight of the Baskerville Track in Tasmania during the 2012 MG National meeting which prompted another comprehensive restoration. The Engine was rebuilt by Norm Goodall in Brisbane following the rebore at Chilton Engineering using a Phoenix Crank, Carillo Rods & shell bearings and Peter Hepworth Pistons. The body work was repainted at Concord Auto Repairs, Moorooka using two-pack to the correct MG Oxford and Cambridge Blue paint spec. Carpets and trim were replaced by Brett Johnson at Moorooka Trim and many small arts purchased from Barry Walker in the UK.
An original photocopy of the Dispatch Department advise for PA1209 shows that the car was delivered to the Export Department on the 27/07/1934 and that the chassis and engine number match. Original body colour was black with blue upholstery and aluminium wheel colour.
PA1209 comes with a small paperwork folio, hood & side curtains, crank handle and original jacking equipment.
This is a rare opportunity to be the new custodian of a beautiful P-Type MG.
Sold with RWC (if sold in QLD)
1934 MG PA
Engine: 847cc Inline 4 Cylinder - 4 speed manual
Engine No: 1166AP