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Lot 127: MG TA Drophead Coupe

Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions (12 March 2011)

52.4 bhp, 1,292 cc overhead valve pushrod four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear sliding trunnion suspension and nine-inch Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"

- Superb restoration, expertly maintained - One of the finest examples extant

With sales of its successful Midget sports car slumping from increased competition in the mid-1930s, MG elected as a marketing strategy to build larger cars for the family man. One model was the three-position Tickford TA Drophead Coupe, bigger than the two-seat Midget and smaller than the four-passenger VA series. For the TA body, MG sought the services of the well-known, high-quality coach and chassis builder Salmons & Sons Carriage Works, which had a long relationship with Aston Martin and at the time operated under its new name, Tickford. Only 260 of these cars were built before World War II, and it is believed only about half remain in existence.

The example offered here is the finest example we've ever had the pleasure of offering. MG expert Gene Roth spent seven years completing a ground-up restoration, which he completed in 1994. He restored the car to be period correct down to the smallest detail, including a correct and complete tool set. All original restorable mechanical and body components were retained to assure authenticity. Each component was rebuilt to as-new condition except the engine block, which was replaced in England. The interior is done in walnut, leather and with Wilton carpeting, as original, and the body is finished in black acrylic urethane enamel. The brightwork is triple-plated chrome, including the wire wheels.

The current owner acquired the car in 2003 and since that time has maintained its stunning restoration. Like all other cars in his large, private collection, it has been serviced in climate-controlled storage by three full-time technicians. The car has been exercised on a monthly basis and only in perfect weather to ensure its roadworthiness while preserving the quality of its high-point restoration, both cosmetically and mechanically. We encourage close inspection of this car as it is most certainly one of the best restored TA Tickfords in existence.

Lot Details
Auction Automobiles of Amelia Island
RM Auctions, Amelia Island, Florida
TypeCar
Lot Number127
Estimate$90000-$120000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$112750
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1938
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number2736
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