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Lot 209: MG TA Roaster

A Sale of Exceptional Motor Cars, Bonhams (18 May 2009)

‘The latest Series T MG Midget… gives an unusually good performance for its engine size, handles in a distinctly better manner than the ordinary touring vehicle and possesses those touches in the tout ensemble that endear it to the owner with sporting tendencies.’ – The Autocar, 18th September 1936. Launched in 1936 as successor to the PB Midget, the TA Midget was an altogether larger and roomier car. Longer in the wheelbase at 94”, the simple chassis 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. The TA was introduced after Nuffield’s takeover of MG and used the 10hp 1,292cc four-cylinder Wolseley engine, itself derived from that of the Morris Ten, which produced around 50bhp at 4,500rpm. Though MG purists complained about the adoption of a pushrod engine and synchromesh gearbox, the TA was faster than the PB, having a top speed of 80mph (with the folding windscreen lowered) and its total production on 3003 was 19% more than that of the P-Series. This TA Midget was imported into Italy in 1969 and registered in Milan, since when it has enjoyed only two owners. Restored (at date unspecified), the car, which retains its original engine, is presented in very good condition and offered with Italian libretto.

Cette MG TA a été importée en Italie en 1969 et immatriculée à Milan. Elle n'a, depuis, connu que deux propriétaires. Restaurée (à une date non précisée) et comportant son moteur d'origine, la voiture est en très bon état de présentation. Elle est offerte à la vente avec son "libretto" italien.

Lot Details
Auction A Sale of Exceptional Motor Cars
Bonhams, Musee des Voitures du Prince, Monaco
Lot Number209
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
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Chassis numberTA1404
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