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Lot 403: MG TA Midget

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

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.

The offered TA is presented in that most Anglo of colors, British Racing Green, with matching green leather. The dash appears to be original and in keeping with the originating country of the car, the steering wheel is on the right. The twin lamps have been mounted low on the front wings, just about the leaf-springs, giving the car a decidedly racing look. The original nineteen inch wire knock-off wheels painted silver complete the package.

Open air motoring at its most visceral, all that is required to complete the look is a tweedy jacket and matching flatcap.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number403
Estimate$5000-$8000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$14000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$16380
Year1936
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberTA0680
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2