1931 MG Montlhery Supercharged C-Type Midget

Keen to increase car sales, MG decided to attempt to set the Class “H” 750-cc World Speed Record at over 100 mph. A prototype racing car, called the C-Type, was prepared for the 1931 season and George Eyston promptly took the Class “H” record over 5 kms at Montlhéry in January 1931 at 103 mph. The C-Type then ran at Spa and Le Mans and was faster than a K3 on the Mille Miglia until forced to retire.

Among the C-Type’s many successes were the Irish GP, Ulster TT, German GP and the B.R.D.C. 500-mile race. Indeed, the C-Type proved to be MG’s most successful racing car with 44 examples sold. This car, CO286, was delivered new via University Motors to Robin Mere, Competition Secretary of the MG Car Club, on August 26, 1931.

Two letters from Mr. Mere, dated December 1963, detail his order: “I wanted to race, and when the C-Type was announced, I ordered two. . I never took delivery of the second car, swapping the order for a K3.” Records exist of CO286 winning its class at the Oxford University Car Club Speed trials in 1931 and winning a “First Class” award at the February 1932 Colmore Trial.

Correspondence on file between MG and Mere dates from 1931, also including a copy of the original guarantee card. In 1940 the CO286 was sold to P.S. Pearce of Stratford-on-Avon, who competed with the car at Silverstone. The car went through a series of documented owners until being sold to its present owner in 1967.

Restoration of this extraordinary car was completed in 1997. The engine is built to Mk III specifications, with a new long-stroke Laystall Crank, Phoenix rods, Marshall Supercharger and a new 1 5/8-inch “Colvin Gunn” SU carburetor. A correct cross-tube ENV gearbox is fitted.

This C-Type Midget has been re-upholstered in green leather and re-sprayed in British Racing Green to Robin Mere’s original specifications. The body frame was rebuilt and professionally re-paneled in aluminum using as much of the original timber frame as possible.

The vehicle is eligible for both “C” and “D” MG Car Club classes and is one of only eight running C-Types in the UK. It has participated in numerous vintage and historic events and has completed about 1,800 miles since restoration. Ready for road and track events worldwide, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a factory-built racing car with continuous history. VSCC log-book, bills, photographic record, Swansea V5, MoT and road license are included.

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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