May 2006

1935 MG R-type

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Last of the Abingdon marque's pre-WWII racing cars, the R-type was unveiled on April 25, 1935. Beautifully wrought, its revolutionary chassis boasted such advanced features as selective dampers and finned drum brakes.
Powered by a supercharged 747-cc OHC four-cylinder engine mated to four-speed ENV pre-selector transmission, the racer was credited with an incredible 113 bhp at 7,200 rpm. Clad in lightweight aluminum bodywork, it looked every inch the miniature Grand Prix car.