This stunning 1933 MG Magnette K-Type was due to hit the Bonham’s auction block before being mysteriously withdrawn, rumour has it the owner had a change of heart and decided to keep it in his collection. It isn’t hard to see why.
Only 33 MG Magnette K-Types were built between 1933 and 1934, the remarkable cars saw significant racing success including a 1-2 finish in the 1933 Mille Miglia, this was a huge upset over the Italian teams who had been considered a shoe-in for the top 3 places. This particular K-Type is a formidable machine even by modern standards, the 1,500cc K-type engine is fitted with a Godfrey K200 supercharger and drives via an Armstrong pre-selector gearbox, the body is 100% aluminium and the vehicles wet-weight is an ultra-light 1,377lbs (624kgs).
The car has an estimated value of £100,000 – £120,000 (that’s about $160,000 to $190,000 USD), that’s a lot of money but once you consider the fact that this is without question the ultimate vintage track day car and one hell of an investment, suddenly it seems significantly more important that owning a house. Or a mini-van.