MG P-Type PB Airline Coupe

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P-Type PB Airline Coupe





The MG P-type is a sports car that was produced by MG from 1934 to 1936. This 2-door sports car used an updated version of the overhead camshaft, crossflow engine, used in the 1928 Morris Minor and Wolseley 10 and previously fitted in the J-type Midget of 1932 to 1934, driving the rear wheels through a four-speed non-synchromesh gearbox. The chassis was a strengthened and slightly longer version of that used in the J-type with suspension by half-elliptic springs all round with rigid front and rear axles. Steering was initially by a Marles Weller and later a Bishop Cam system. The two-seat car had a wheelbase of 87 inches (2210 mm) and a track of 42 inches (1067 mm). Although most P-Types were fitted with open two- or four-seater bodywork, a few cars were clothed in extremely pretty two-seat coupe coachwork, and were named Airline Coupes. Of the 51 Airline Coupes built on MG chassis between 1934 and 1936, just 14 were PB models. A few were also built on the later T-Type models. Most of the bodies were built by the coachbuilders Carbodies, with a few built by Whittingham & Mitchell. The combination of a seasoned ash body frame, together with a number of aluminium panels, was surprisingly light and imbued the Airline P-Type with a respectable power-weight ratio for a closed car, especially in PB form. The P-type was also available as a four-seater, a car that suffered from a lack of power and poor rear ground clearance. Whereas J, K and L-type MGs differentiated between versions with the use of numbers, with 1 indicating a four-seater (i.e., J1) and 2 a two-seater (i.e., J2), this was not the case with the P-type (or its six-cylinder sister, the N-type Magnette), and there is no clue to the type in the name.

The PB produced from 1935 had a bigger 939 cc engine made by enlarging the bore from 57 to 60 mm and this increased the output to 43hp (32 kW). Externally the versions are very similar, the main difference being the radiator grille, where the PA has a honeycomb and the PB has vertical slats. The other obvious difference is in the design and material of the standard dashboard.

526 examples of the PB were produced.

In 1936 a supercharged MG PB driven by Andrew Hutchinson won the Limerick Grand Prix.

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