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Lot 137: MG TA

The Spirit of Motoring - Ascot, Coys (23 May 2010)

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 TAs 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 USA which has continued to this day.

This MG TA has had just three owners since 1982 and was comprehensively restored between 1982 and 1993. It has also been fitted with the (TC type) XPAG engine and gearbox, making it a more robust car to drive, as well as 16 wire wheels and minor modifications such as indicators and new Blockley tyres. There is a large history file supplied with the vehicle, with bills and receipts going back to 1982 from marque specialists such as Naylor Brothers, Oselli, Steve Baker and Vintage restorations.

XAS639 comes complete with its V5c registration document, road fund licence and MoT test certificate valid until March 2011. Since the restoration, the car has been used sparingly, and unsurprisingly, the vendor describes its condition as being very good throughout.

Lot Details
Auction The Spirit of Motoring - Ascot
Coys, Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire
Lot Number137
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£21173
Condition rating2
Registration numberXAS639  
Chassis number0969
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