The MG M-type (also known as the MG Midget) is a sports car that was
produced by the MG Cars from April 1929 to 1932. It was sometimes
referred to as the 8/33. Launched at the 1928 London Motor Show when the
sales of the larger MG saloons was faltering because of the economic
climate, the small car brought MG ownership to a new sector of the
market and probably saved the company. Early cars were made in the
Cowley factory, but from 1930 production had transferred to Abingdon.
The M-Type was one of the first genuinely affordable sports cars to be
offered by an established manufacturer, as opposed to modified versions
of factory-built saloon cars and tourers. By offering a car with
excellent road manners and an entertaining driving experience at a low
price (the new MG cost less than double the cheapest version of the
Morris Minor on which it was based) despite relatively low overall
performance the M-type set the template for many of the MG products that
were to follow, as well as many of the other famous British sports cars
of the 20th century. The M-type was also the first MG to wear the Midget
name that would be used on a succession of small sports cars until 1980.
The M-type had considerable sporting success, both privately and with
official teams winning gold medals in the 1929 Land's End Trial and
class wins in the 1930 "Double Twelve" race at Brooklands. An entry was
also made in the 1930 Le Mans 24 hour, but neither of the cars finished.
This white metal model was made from a kit by K&R Replicas, it was
completed and finished by Tony Smith of Bournemouth and acquired by us
in July 2018.