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Lot 208: MG TA

Legende et Passion, Coys (30 April 2010)

The MG Midgets originated with the 847cc M-Type in 1928 and progressed to the 939cc PB in 1936, all 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. These included fitting a 1292cc pushrod overhead valve engine based on that of the then 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 well over 90 m.p.h. Around 3,000 TA's were made before they were followed by the 1250cc TB in 1939. This was almost identical, but only a few hundred were made before the War, after which came the hugely successful TC. It was 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. Chassis number TA1779 was built in 1937 and was imported to Italy many years ago to Naples where the present owner found her in a very sorry state. It is described by the vendor as being in superb restored condition with the majority of the work having been carried out by the owner himself (there are many photos of the restoration which will be available to the purchaser). The result is a remarkably beautiful and mechanically sound car, which is more than capable of holding its own on the motorway with modern vehicles  indeed, the vendor claims that it was recently driven a total of 450 miles at a cruising speed of 70mph without a hitch! Such is the quality of the restoration that this car has been given the ASI ORO rating (ASI ORO no 30230) which is only given to cars that meet a strict criterion of originality in all respects. This is a wonderful entry level, pre-war iconic sports car which can be driven on a regular basis without reliability fears. There are numerous events in Europe where she can be used by her new owner.

Lot Details
Auction Legende et Passion
Coys, Espace Fontvieille, Monaco
Lot Number208
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Chassis numberTA 1779
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