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Lot 392: 1937 MG Midget TA Roadster

Collectors' Motor Cars & Automobilia, Bonhams (28 February 2005)

Launched in 1936 as successor to the PB Midget, the TA Midget was an altogether larger and roomier car. The simple chassis design followed established Midget practice with semi-elliptic springing all-round, though the use of hydraulic dampers at the front and the adoption of Lockheed hydraulic brakes were new departures. Although styled in a manner MG enthusiasts had come to expect, the new two-seater broke with tradition by employing an overhead-valve engine instead of the previous overhead-cam type. Derived from that of the Morris Ten, the 1,292cc engine produced around 50bhp at 4,500rpm, good enough to propel the lightweight TA to within a whisker of 80mph.
This example has been in the present ownership for circa 20 years. Taken off the road for restoration many years ago (accompanying invoices for steam cleaning and re-plating of brightwork are dated 1986) the car has remained in storage - uncompleted - ever since. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, it represents an exciting project for the dedicated MG enthusiast. We understand that the vendor has applied to the DVLA for a duplicate V5 registration document, which is expected to be available by time of sale.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars & Automobilia
Bonhams, RAF Museum, Hendon, London
TypeCar
Lot Number392
Estimate£3500-£5500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5400
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6210
Year1937
Condition rating
Registration numberBDG 781
Mileage-
Chassis numberTA1316
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