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Lot 333: MG Midget TA Roadster

Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (17 September 2010)

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 of 3003 was 19% more than that of the P-Series. This exciting TA special features aluminium bodywork in the style of the supercharged, competition-only Q-Type Midgets of pre-war days and has been fitted with the superior XPAG engine from the successor TB/TC model. The body's pointed tail is removable, and houses the battery and wheel-changing tools. 'YJ 4012' benefits from a complete engine and gearbox rebuild by George Edney, which included boring the pressure-cleaned block to 1,350cc and mating the XPAG to a rebuilt Shorrock blower. Other noteworthy features include a race camshaft, big-valve cylinder head (unleaded compatible), Lucas competition distributor, lightened alloy flywheel, competition clutch, re-cored radiator, oil cooler and a modern (but period looking) oil filter. The TC gearbox and the transmission have been comprehensively overhauled and the differential rebuilt with a higher-than-standard final drive ratio. Offered with sundry invoices, old-style logbook, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5, this excellent package has covered fewer than 200 miles since completion in 2007.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
Lot Number333
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£31000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£35600
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Registration numberYJ 4012
Chassis numberTA 0382
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