Dedicated enthusiasts of early MGs have long acknowledged the P-Type cars as truly exceptional. Produced from 1934 to 1936, the PA and PB models represented the pinnacle of the renowned overhead-cam crossflow-head inline-four Midget engine, embodying the refined essence of the classic MG formula.
The PB, with a limited production of just 526 units, featured a 939 cubic centimeters engine that generated 43 horsepower, benefiting from the twin SU carburetors. Coupled with a four-speed gearbox, this powerplant delivered impressive performance. The sports car also boasted advanced features like Andre Hartford adjustable shock absorbers, enhancing its adaptability on various road surfaces.
In the early days of streamlining, artistry prevailed over science, resulting in some of the most visually captivating automotive designs ever conceived. This was particularly evident in the MG P-Type Airline Coupe, a creation by H.W. Allingham and skillfully crafted by Carbodies of Coventry, England.
Despite sharing the same compact 87.25-inch wheelbase as the two- and four-seat MG roadsters, the Airline Coupe showcased a striking and well-balanced profile. The elegant curves of its roofline harmonized with the timeless MG grille. A charming Art Deco detail was the inclusion of three “cathedral” skylights on the sliding sunroof panel, while the wind-out windshield provided additional ventilation during pleasant weather.
With these thoughtful touches, potential buyers of the Airline Coupe were enticed by luxury packaged in a diminutive form, all built upon a thrilling and sporty chassis. However, the accompanying price tag was far from miniature. Consequently, many shoppers chose practicality over style, opting to spend a similar amount on a larger car.
Source: RM Sotheby’s