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Little Classics News: 20 June 2015

Rare All Female Racing Le Mans MG up for Auction

Ex-Works 1934 MG PA/B

RM Sotheby’s has lined up the 1934 MG PA/B, chassis PA/1711, which showcased female driving talent at the 1935 Le Mans 24 hour race, at its annual London sale, 7 September at Battersea Evolution.

Representing an important part of British pre-war motorsport heritage, the diminutive 948 cc four-cylinder MG is one of approximately 75 automobiles set for the central London auction.

Ex-Works 1934 MG PA/B rear

Chassis PA/1711 was raced as number 56 in the 1935 version of the legendary endurance competition, where it was driven exclusively by well-known female racers of the period as part of a high profile three car Works team. The trio of identical cars was managed by Captain George Eyston, himself a veteran of the 1928 and 1929 Le Mans races and a holder of the word land speed record.

Ex-Works 1934 MG PA/B racing

The group was unfairly dubbed by the media at the time as ‘Eyston’s Dancing Daughters’, with PA/1711 driven by Joan Richmond and Barbara Simpson, who had been a familiar sight on the international racing scene before the war, and who boasted solid and successful racing records. The meticulously prepared cars featured a wide range of special components and unique modifications, including significant performance upgrades to the engine, brakes and gearbox.

Ex-Works 1934 MG PA/B interior

The three MGs proved quick and reliable on the track, with all three making steady progress during the notoriously hard race. Richmond and Simpson brought #56 home in first place among the team, which finished 24th, 25th and 26th overall.

Ex-Works 1934 MG PA/B engine

Today, the example on offer is the sole survivor of that 1935 three-car team. After Le Mans, two of the cars, including PA/1711, were reborn as supercharged Works hill-climbers, while one car was sold off by the factory. PA/1711 has spent much of the last 35 years in long-term ownership; fully restored in 1995, it is presented in fantastic condition, ready to be enjoyed. (Est. £95,000-£120,000).

Other significant early entries for the RM Sotheby’s London sale include:

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 'Lusso', chassis 5885GT
(Est. £1,200,000-£1,500,000)

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 'Lusso', chassis 5885GT

1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage, chassis LML/50/19
(Est. £290,000-£320,000)

1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage, chassis LML/50/19

The Concours of Elegance exclusive evening London sale will be held at Battersea Evolution on 7 September, with a preview of auction vehicles scheduled for 6 September.



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