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Lot 412: 1937 MG Midget TA Roadster

Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams (22 June 2007)

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-camshaft type. Derived from that of the Morris Ten, the 1,292cc four-cylinder engine produced around 50bhp at 4,500rpm, good enough to propel the lightweight TA to within a whisker of 80mph.
Currently forming part of a small private collection of MGs, this TA was restored in the 1980s and comes with its late owner’s hand-written log of the restoration together with numerous invoices, many of which are for parts supplied by recognised MG specialists Naylor Brothers. Apparently sound, the car has been preserved, unused, in dry storage in recent years and will, therefor, require re-commissioning before returning to the road. Accompanying documentation includes an old-style buff logbook and DVLC correspondence (dated February 1984) concerning the retention of the original registration number, which prospective purchasers are advised to read. Offered without reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Festival of Speed
Bonhams, Chichester, Sussex
Lot Number412
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8625
Condition rating
Registration numberFPH 578 (see text)
Chassis numberTA0708
Engine numberMPJG926
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors