1935→1936 MG PB

1935→1936 MG PB

1935→1936 MG PB

In 1935 MG updated their P-Type chassis to PB specification with a 939 cc engine. The front radiator was also changed from a honeycomb to a vertical slat design.

The Airline Coupé

Although most MG Midgets were produced with diminutive roadster bodies, some PB chassis received the somewhat rare and striking Airline Coupé design with it’s sliding roof and teardrop portholes. It was a design by Henry Allingham that was primarily executed by Carbodies of Coventry using a ash-frame and sheet steel skin. Some cars were produced by Whittingham & Mitchel. Since these cars were built to custom order, many were different in detail.

The Coupes were somewhat wider than normal and used an extension panel around the standard firewall.

The demand for a MG Coupé was somewhat small which explains entire production listed by Airline Coupè registry at just 50 cars across the PA, PB, NA, NB and TA chassis. The registry lists 27 coupes on the PA chassis, 15 on the PB chassis, 4 rebodied cars, and just 7 on the NA/NB 6-cylinder chassis. About half are accounted for today.

Story by Richard Michael Owen

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1935 – 1936
engine Inline-4
fuel feed Twin SU Carburetors
displacement 938 cc / 57.2 in³
bore 90 mm / 3.54 in
stroke 83 mm / 3.27 in
compression 6.8:1
power 32.1 kw / 43 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 45.84 bhp per litre
body / frame Steel & Wood Frame Body over Steel Frame
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
f suspension Rigid Axle w/w/Luvax Shock Absorbers, Semi Elliptic Leaf Springs
r suspension Live Axle w/Luvax Shock Absorbers, Semi Elliptic Leaf Springs
wheelbase 2223 mm / 87.5 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual


Auction Sales History


1936 MG NB Magnette Airline Coupé NA0848 – sold for €166,435 t has been debated that as many as 50 Airline coupés were originally built and fitted on MG’s P-, N- and T-series chassis. However, all agree that very few examples of “the prettiest MG ever” survive today, and according to the MG Airline Coupé Registry, which includes the car offered here, just four six-cylinder N-Type Airline Coupés remain in existence today. Prior to the restoration, the MG remained in highly original and complete condit… read more
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions