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Lot 227: 1938 MG TA

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

The MG Midgets originated with the 847 c.c. M-Type in 1928 and progressed to the 939 c.c. PB in 1936, always fitted with an overhead camshaft engine, and with the power output doubling during this period. The TA appeared in July 1936: it kept the slab tank, folding windscreen and cut-away doors which had been popularised by the J2 and its successors, but there were several major changes, which included fitting a 1292 c.c. pushrod overhead valve engine based on that of the current Morris 10, lengthening the wheelbase by nearly 7", and replacing the cable brakes with hydraulics, which reduced the diameter of the drums from 12" to 9". The cars turned out to be more comfortable and practical than their predecessors, as well as being faster and handling better: tuned versions were lapping Brooklands at more than 90 m.p.h. Around 3,000 TA's were made before they were followed by the 1250 c.c. TB in 1939: this was almost identical, but only a few hundred were made before the War, after which came the hugely successful TC, so popular with American servicemen that it led to the phenomenal post-war increase in sports-car racing in the U.S.A. which has continued to this day. This car was acquired by the current owner in 1970, and immediately went through a thorough restoration by father and son costing in excess of 16,000 between 1970 and 1980. Full details of the work carried out are contained within the cars folder as well as all original receipts. The car has also had a lead free conversion and has been fitted with a stainless steel exhaust. Since the restoration, the car has been used sparingly, with only c. 4,500 miles covered in the last 23 years! Unsurprisingly, the vendor describes its condition as being very good, and adds that it starts on the button and drives very well. The car has its V5c, V5, registration book, RF60 and is MoT'd until April of next year with the Road Fund Licence also good until the end of March. Full all weather equipment is supplied and fits well with other touring accessories including the original rear luggage rack.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
Lot Number227
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration numberDRK252
Chassis numberTA2427
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