MG Q-TYPE RECREATION Registration Number: MG 5640 Chassis N...



£42,000 - £48,000



Registration Number: MG 5640
Chassis Number: F1221
Recorded Mileage: TBA

- Highly accurate replica with many original parts
- Exceptionally well built and competitive specification 
- Eligible for VSCC events, fully road legal
The MG Q-Type Midget debuted at the Whit Monday meeting in 1934 at Brooklands, winning and regaining the 750cc lap record. The MG employed several stock components, the chassis combined the wheelbase of the K3 with the track, steering and braking of the new N-Type. The bodywork was almost indistinguishable from the K3’s. The engine was a race-tuned P-Type unit with a K3-style ENV pre-selector gearbox attached, and Zoller vane-type supercharger. In a mild state of tune the 746cc engine could produce well in excess of 110 bhp, and in its final racing form in 1936 produced nearly 147 bhp at 7500 rpm, giving a specific output of almost 200bhp/litre, superior to the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union Grand Prix cars of the period. 

Bodywork for the Q type was very similar to the 1934 K3 Magnette, but the 19 gallon fuel tank was enclosed and incorporated inside the rear tail paneling. The car had qualified successes in many racing and sprinting events; a highly modified Q-Type driven by George Harvey-Noble in 1937 broke the Brooklands Outer Circuit Class H record at an amazing speed of 122.4 mph! Generally considered to be ‘too fast for their chassis, MG Abingdon built only eight Q-Type cars in total, all of which are accounted for and are either in private ownership or museums. So the only way to own a Q-Type is to build one yourself, or find one for sale such as this faithful recreation. 

To build an accurate replica of anything you need excellent points of reference. In this case access to one of the eight original Q-Types, photographs of the original cars, also original drawings and patterns to replicate faithfully. The basis of our car is a new chassis to exactly the original specification and dimensions, using original drawings and documentation. A three-bearing P-Type block is fitted (as used on the original Q-Types), built to race specification with short-stroke Phoenix crank and con rods, forged aluminium pistons, gas flowed head, straight-cut vertical drive Baynton Jones cam and valve gear, and an original finned magnesium sump, all to Q-Type specifications. A new SU HV5 15/8” model carburettor feeds the engine, in conjunction with a Volumex supercharger rather than a Zoller unit, breathing through a four-branch tubular manifold and Brooklands Regulation exhaust.

The gearbox is a fully reconditioned and race-prepared original MG serial number (FG) ENV75 pre-selector, driven through a new uprated propshaft and uprated carrier, a straight cut (believed Q-Type) crown wheel and pinion, new half-shafts and hubs, and genuine N-Type (as per the Q-Types) axles. Damping is via Hartford shock absorbers to the front, and reconditioned original Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers to the rear. Steering is as per the original Bishop’s Cam system with a quick worm, and brakes are Holden and Hunt original with central cockpit adjustment
The wheels are 18” 60 spoke wires fitted with Blockley racing tyres and original refurbished P-Type spinners. 

A highly accurate polished aluminium body was hand made to original drawings, with an opening tail section as original and exactly replicated louvring, and full length racing under trays as original for improved airflow under the car at speed. The car is fitted with aircraft style instrumentation, unique to the Q Type, with hexagonal profile switches, restored original Lucas L140 headlights, P-Type octagonal sidelights and Lucas ST38 pork pie tail lights. The MG has been re-trimmed in brown leather to original style, including arm rests and has a tonneau cover with storage bag. 

Make no mistake, this is no average replica, the build of this exceptional car has been a true labour of love, taken over a number of years and to exacting levels of quality and accuracy. Now eligible for VSCC events under its recently granted “Buff Form”, this truly wonderful evocation is perfect for spirited road driving or historic racing as you wish.

Auction Date: 13th Apr 2024 at 2pm

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13th Apr 2024 2pm (Lots 1 to 45)