Originally only eight MG Q-Types were produced back in 1934, the cars were ostensibly solely for racing and not road use and incorporated components from various previous MG models, notably the P and N Types. Featuring a 750cc P-Type engine, with a special crankshaft, supercharger and a gearbox from the K3, in its final racing form in 1936 it produced nearly 147 bhp at 7500 rpm. This equated to a figure of 200 bhp per 1000 cc and was higher than any other racing engine in the world at that time.
In 1934 The Q Type could be purchased for a very reasonable £550 GBP giving excellent value against competitors utilising huge 12- or 16-cylinder engines with higher power outputs. The Mercedes or Auto Unions were easily two or three times the cost of the MG and sometimes less reliable. The Q type had qualified successes in many racing and sprinting events and a highly modified version driven by George Harvey-Noble in 1937 broke the Brooklands Outer Circuit Class H record at an amazing speed of 122.4 MPH
‘BWP 895’ utilises a chassis from a 1938 MG TA together with fully rebuilt front and rear suspension set-up and gearbox from an MG TC. It is powered by a fully rebuilt MG XPAG motor which has been lightened, balanced, ported, polished and bored out to 1300cc running on unleaded petrol via H8 two-inch SU carburettor and a TX 15 supercharger.
The all new aluminium bodywork has been hand finished in two-pack Ferrari ‘Rosso Mugello’ red and the result is a magnificent concours standard finish.
The interior has been professionally upholstered in Red leather including the door panels and armrests for the driver and passenger. A huge four-spoke steering wheel dominates the cockpit, which has a full complement of instrument gauges, including an enormous rev counter, which reflects back to the Q-Type race car origins. Uniquely the rocker switches on the left-hand side of the dash and the starter button are straight from a WW2 Supermarine Spitfire!
The car sits on 16-inch wheels and there’s also a split tonneau cover and an area for storage in the tail section of the body.
This Q-Type special scores very highly on aesthetic appeal from every angle, with fabulous quality of workmanship and great attention to detail seen normally only on cars of much higher value. It is to all intents and purposes at heart a high-performance road car suitable for an assortment of events worldwide in which one can have the most wonderful driving fun at a price far below replacement cost. It is supplied complete with UK V5 and a comprehensive photographic record documenting it’s construction to the highest standards.