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Lot 136: MG TAA

Oldtimer Grand Prix, Coys (14 August 2010)

The MG Midgets originated with the 847cc M-Type in 1928 and progressed to the 939cc 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 1,292cc 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 soon lapping Brooklands at more than 90mph. Rolling off the MG production line in 1937, this right hand drive TA was imported from Australia in 2001 and subsequently underwent a full restoration where it was stripped back to bare metal and the chassis thoroughly checked. The gearbox and engine were rebuilt and included re-boring of the block, new pistons, conrods, rebuilt head and valves and rebuilt carburettors. The interior was re-trimmed in red hide with the dash stripped and all original dials rebuilt. No component was over looked with all bright work re-chromed and the brakes rebuilt. This delightful TA now sits on new wheels and included in the history file are bills totalling 36,000 for the above work. Also supplied is a UK V5 document, heritage certificate, bills and a current MoT certificate. This matching numbers TA is described by the vendor as being in concours condition and a delightful car eager to prove why these models were so popular when new and remain so sought after today. Equally good fun on the road or on the many events that it is eligible for, this is a highly desirable example and is arguably the best TA that money can buy.

Lot Details
Auction Oldtimer Grand Prix
Coys, Nurburgring
TypeCar
Lot Number136
Estimate€28000-€35000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1937
Condition rating1
Registration numberGJO 279
Mileage-
Chassis numberTA1400
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2