Smoother and marginally more sophisticated than the J2 it replaced, the 1934-1936 MG PA/PB was still mainly for masochists with narrow shoulders. It retained MG's unmistakable design hallmarks: proud radiator, freestanding headlamps, classic clamshell fenders, and "slab-back" fuel tank.
The PA also retained the existing 847cc displacement, while the PB had a bored-out 939cc version with eight extra horsepower.
Three body styles were offered: two-seat roadster (the most sought-after today), a four-seater, and the unusual, gracefully shaped "Airline" fastback coupe.
All featured center-lock wire wheels, real leather upholstery, and MG's customary wood-framed body construction, plus fold-down windshields on the open models. The PA/PB was capable of 70+ mph, but a hard ride and lack of gearbox synchronization made this a rugged driving experience.
Pluses of the 1934-1936 MG PA/PB:
- Last MGs in the original Cecil Kimber mold
- Small, light, and handy
- Excellent club support
Minuses of the 1934-1936 MG PA/PB:
- Performance still limited
- Rot-prone bodies
- Parts now scarce and pricey
- Bone-crusher ride
- Not an everyday find
Specifications of the 1934-1936 MG PA/PB:
Wheelbase, inches: 87.5
Length, inches: 131.0
Weight, pounds: 1,510
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1934-1936 MG PA/PB:
|ohc I-4||847 cc (52 cid)||351||1934-1935|
|ohc I-4||939 cc (57 cid)||431||1935-1936|
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