The MG K-Type Magnette was produced by the MG Car Company from October 1932 to 1934. Launched at the 1932 London Motor Show, the K-Type replaced the F-Type Magna but having at first a slightly smaller capacity engine it took the name Magnette.
After the Morris Company had taken over MG in the mid-1930s and closed the racing department, it was left to the private owners to carry the flag.
Consequently, a number of K3 Magnettes were converted to single-seaters in period. Bob Jones looked after one of these since 1970 K1/N special was built by Bob on an MG K-Type chassis by Baynton Jones Ltd for Bill Summers in 1983. With a Godfrey K200 blown N-Type 1500cc engine(now), a stripped, shortened and re-jigged original K-Type chassis, Armstrong pre selector gearbox and Rod Jolley built body.
Chassis number K0326 has made quite a name for itself in historic motor racing since its completion on the circuit and in Hill Climbs. One of the most important aspects of Bob Jones' rebuild was his emphasis on weight saving. So successful were his weight-saving exercises that the finished chassis, with all lubricants was over 500Ibs lighter than the original K3.
K0326 is a well known car amongst the Vintage Sports Car Club and MG Car Club Triple M, being campaigned by Bill Summers and Annie Templeton and has won numerous races including: The 1997 Brooklands Memorial Trophy at Donington, the 1992 Mary Harris Trophy and the 2001 Kimber Race at Silverstone, success in 2008 Cadwell Park, Len Thompson and Nuffield Trophy. In 2009 winning the Brooklands Society and Len Thompson trophies again and competing in HGPCA races at Silverstone
In the car's history file is a photocopy of the original bill of purchase from The MG Car Company Ltd dated 15th December 1933,showing the original registration of CV9425, with the new owners names a Mr and Mrs Holman of London.
She left the country in 2009 and went to Norway and had competed at various events on the continent Nurbergring Old Timer Grand Prix 2010,Velodroom Loppet 2012 and Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix 2012 but returned again in early 2017 with her present owner, myself. She has now been campaigned regularly again in the UK with the VSCC and MGCC Triple M. She won the Kimber Trophy at Brands Hatch 2017 and the MG Challenge race at Donington Park 2018. In 2019 she was invited to the Goodwood 77MM Parnell Cup and finishing mid field against cars with technology 20 years her junior.
She comes with extensive paperwork of her build, maintenance and race history and VSCC Buff form.She has just completed and extensive engine and gearbox check and rebuild from bottom up ready for her new owner and new season.
I have thought long and hard about putting her up for sale as she was always the car I always wanted but circumstances change. A car that is very capable and can compete with the very best in the right hands, 'K0326' represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the fastest pre-war MG racing cars in Europe.
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