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The Airline Coupés were arguably the prettiest MGs built in the mid-1930s. It’s believed that just 51 of these streamlined two-seaters, with their flowing fenders, partially integrated spare wheels and sliding sunshine roofs with “cathedral” windows, were built on the P-, N- and prewar T-type chassis chassis with SOHC (OHV in TA) four- and six-cylinder engines. Being coachbuilt cars, they were expensive when new, and their pure lines and unquestionable rarity make them highly sought around the world. This 1935 MG PB Airline Coupe still resides in the UK, where it was treated to a multi-year restoration. From the seller’s description:
1936 MG PB Airline, Originally registered on April 30 1936, by one James Templeton Redhead of Newcastle, this magnificent MG Airline PB Coupé, finished in duotone dark and light green, has to be one of the finest restored examples of the marque to be found anywhere in the world today. It is one of an estimated 7 surviving units from the PA & PB production line total of 51 and was featured as the front cover article, in the September 2001 edition of MG enthusiast magazine. The main reason for its present condition, has to be the painstaking and no expense spared restoration program, which took an amazing Six and a Half years to complete in the uk by marque specialists Colin Tieche and David Cooksey. Typically for a car of the period,the body was constructed of steel wrapped around a complex ash frame, with aluminium used for the rear wings and the aerodynamic roof section. Power was produced by a 43 bhp (32.1 Kw.) in line 4-cylinder, three-bearing unit,with a 4-speed gearbox.
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