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Coachwork by Abbey Panels
Positioned above the four-cylinder M-Type Midget, the rare six-cylinder F-Type Magna debuted in October 1931 with distinctive features, including a slanted grille, long hood, smooth 1,271 cc SOHC six-cylinder engine, and varied coachwork on a low chassis. While intended for sporty touring, the Magna was highly successful in rallies, record runs, and circuit races. Just 1,062 were produced to 1933 in F1, F2, and F3 sub-models plus 188 chassis for specialist coachbuilders. Its legacy lives on and its many virtues remain highly appreciated, exemplified by F0715, the vehicle offered here.
Listed in the F-Type Magna Registry, F0715 is one of five originally fitted with alloy coachwork by Abbey Panels, with as few as three known survivors today. Retaining its original UK registration plate, this example presents very well and remains incredibly pure. Having spent much of its life in the UK, it reportedly spent 30 years in a museum prior to a complete nut-and-bolt restoration completed during the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, an American collector acquired the MG while working overseas, shipped it stateside, and housed it within his Florida-based collection of British automobiles and motorcycles over the next decade. Outstanding features include painted wire wheels, Rotax headlamps, an Auster folding windscreen, black canvas weather equipment, and a leather-trimmed cockpit with polished controls, handsome woodwork, and fine instrumentation. A matching boot cover and tonneau complete the top-down ensemble. Tools, accessories, and a dossier with copies of factory documents further accompany this highly capable classic MG tourer, which is eligible for a wide range of rallies and tours worldwide.