1936 MG PB Roadster

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  • Eligible for the most prestigious events
  • Matching numbers
  • No reserve

An evolution of the J2 model, the MG PB distinguished itself in particular by an engine with three bearings, a bigger displacement — and shorter gear ratios than the PA version. This delightful and efficient roadster with an overhead-camshaft engine did very well in several prestigious competitions including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937 (16th overall) and the Mille Miglia.

Delivered new in England in April 1936 to Dr. D.O. Wharton in the Manchester area, this PB has its original registration book, which makes it easy to retrace part of its history. It also has its original registration and is listed in the MG Registry. Restored comprehensively between 2011 and 2012, it was bought in Italy by its current owner, who drove it in the historic Mille Miglia in 2012. In lovely condition and driving very well, the car was serviced in December 2016, including an overhaul of the carburetors. With the typical British roadster look from the 1930s, the PB originally developed 43 bhp from a displacement of 939 cc, and being a real lightweight, it performed most impressively. Now eligible in the most important international historical events, this rare car will be a real joy to the gentleman driver — for casual drives as well as racing.

 

Reid Trummel

Reid Trummel - SCM Contributor

Reid is editor-publisher of Healey Marque magazine, the official publication of the Austin-Healey Club of America (www.healeyclub.org). His interest in cars began when he taught himself to drive a stick in a hand-me-down 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Wanting more power than the Alfa’s 1300 could provide, he bought a Healey 3000 and fell down that slippery slope of affection for British cars. Currently the owner of two 1956 Healeys — a 100M and a 100 with the Le Mans Kit — his affliction also includes non-British dalliances. He is also Chairman of the Columbia Gorge Classic Rally (www.columbiagorgemgaclub.org). He makes his home in Portland, OR.

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