1933 MG L1 Magna Roadster / L0317 Vehicle Information

1933 MG L1 Magna photograph

1933 MG L1 Magna photograph

1933 MG L1 Magna photograph

1933 MG L1 Magna photograph

1933 MG L1 Magna photograph

1933 MG L1 Magna photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: L0317
Engine #: 576AL
Registration #: AKL 287
Sold for $99,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona.
Sold for $82,500 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
This four-seat MG tourer was sold new by the Smith Auto Co. Ltd. of Croydon, Surrey, to H.K. Kelman of Bromley, Kent. It was given registration AKL 287 on December 5th of 1933. The subsequent history is not known; by 1963 the car was modified into the style of an L2 sports roadster. At the time, then-owner Bob Rushton believed that the conversion had been done by a previous owner, a Mr. Brown. In the late 1990s, the car was owned by David Ridler, who would sell it out of the United Kingdom to a private museum collection location in Japan. A few years ago, it was imported to the United States and was acquired by the current caretaker in early 2016.

After arriving at the new owner's home in New York, it received some sorting in preparation for further road use. All throttle and chock linkages were adjusted and synched, the carburetors were rebuilt, and the standard muffler was replaced with straight pipes.

The car is currently finished in British Racing Green and has a matching dark green interior and wire wheels. Cycle-type fenders are fitted in place of the standard L2 full-length swept style. The damascened instrument panel is equipped with Jaeger speedometer and gauges. It has a 5.28:1 final drive ratio, a bit taller than the standard 5.375:1 unit. There is a black canvas roof for inclement weather, and a hidden tool kit.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017


2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $82,500

2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $99,000

1933 MG L1 Magna Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 MG L-Type Magna Sports Roadster
Chassis#: L0317
Sold for USD$82,500
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1933 MG L1 Magna image  1933 MG L1 Magna image  
1933 MG L-Type Magna Sports Roadster
Chassis#: L0317
Sold for USD$99,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1933 MG L1 Magna image  1933 MG L1 Magna image  
1933 MG L-Type Magna Tourer
Chassis#: L0489
Sold for USD$74,479
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1933 MG L-Type Magna Tourer
Chassis#: L0397
Sold for USD$58,455
  2010 Bonhams - Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, Sussex
 
1933 MG Supercharged Six-Cylinder J4/L1 Special
Chassis#: L0578
Sold for USD$118,250
  2007 RM Auctions The Ponder Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1933 MG L1 Magna's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1933 MG L-Type Magna TourerL04792018 Coys : Schloss Dyck $60,000$80,000
1933 MG L-Type Magna TourerL04542012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood $50,000$60,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the MG L1 Magna1933 Roadster
Chassis Num: 0414
Chassis information for the MG L1 Magna1933 Roadster
Chassis Num: L0317
Engine Num: 576AL


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