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Lot 324
 

1932 MG F-Type Magna Stiles 'Threesome Sports' Tourer
One of just 30 examples with fitted James Young coachwork

Sold for £67,500

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: UN-Reg
Chassis No: F1286
Mot Expiry: Exempt

Motor Car Location: Helensburgh

  • One of just 30 examples with fitted James Young coachwork with just five known survivors
  • Current ownership since 2017
  • Subject to an extensive overhaul by a well-known Dutch MG specialist just before the vendor's purchase
  • Rated as 'excellent' throughout

The F-Type Magna range was only produced between 1931 and 1932 and was created to fill the evident gap that existed between the very affordable M-Type Midget and the far dearer 18/80 range of cars. It was effectively a six-cylinder, longer wheelbase version of the four-cylinder D-Type launched at the same time, and therefore featured a newly designed, riveted steel chassis with sliding trunnion suspension, underslung rear axle and centre-lock wire wheels. Though supposedly new, the 1271cc engine was in fact an extended version of the Wolseley Hornet unit, but equipped with dummy side covers in order to appear to be of fresh design. Its power output was 37.2bhp and it drove to the rear wheels via a straight-cut ENV gearbox. In hood-down guise, the Magna was capable of a creditable 72mph-plus flat out.

The matching numbers F-Type now offered is an extensively restored example with alloy 'Threesome Sports' body by Stiles - the 'Threesome' moniker referring to the layout of two front seats plus dickey. The distinctive design was penned by Frederick Stiles, who had been the British concessionaire and racing team manager for Alfa Romeo and commissioned some 30 such bodies from renowned coachbuilder James Young. Only five of these Stiles-bodied F-Types are known to have survived, of which the sale car is chassis F1286. It was delivered new on July 4th 1932 to a Mr A L Watson of London. In 1999 it was acquired as a restoration project by a Dutchman who proceeded to refurbish it to a very high standard between 2002 and 2010. The previous Dutch keeper purchased it in 2014, entering current ownership in 2017 with the vendor considering its bodywork, Dark Blue paintwork, Grey-painted wire wheels, Grey interior trim and four-speed manual gearbox to all be in 'excellent' order. We are further informed that the straight-six engine was subject to an extensive overhaul just previous to the vendor's purchase by a well-known Dutch MG specialist.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
paul.cheetham@handh.co.uk
07538 667452

 

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