Lot 64: MG TA
Announced in 1936, the TA established the famous T-Series pedigree which would persist until the mid-1950s. Designed around a simple new ladder-type chassis frame, with beam axles and front and rear, allied to ultra-stiff leaf springs, the newcomer was powered by an overhead-valve 52bhp/1292cc engine allied to part-synchromesh four-speed manual transmission. The top speed was up to 75mph, the ride was firm, but the entire driving experience was exhilarating. A total of 3,003 TAs were produced until 1939. First registered on September 22nd 1937, chassis TA1682 began life in Birmingham (or so its 'DOL 171' number plate would imply). Belonging to T.M. Tongue Esq. of Nottingham by 1961 and G.A. Dawson Esq. some two years later, the tourer then passed to Derek Hopper Esq. in 1974. A well known MG restorer and multiple concours winner, Mr Hopper treated 'DOL 171' to an extensive 'ground up' refurbishment some twenty-six years later. Photographically documented, the work was executed to a very high standard. Finished in Saxe Blue with Blue upholstery and Black weather gear (hood, sidescreens, half-tonneau), chassis TA1682 is understood to have covered just 4,500 miles since Mr Hopper completed its rejuvenation. Entering the current ownership in 2007, the tourer sports such niceties as a Performance Cars Ltd dashboard plaque, motometer, under bonnet toolkit, rear-mounted luggage rack, Tubex exhaust pipe finisher, Octagon Car Club badge, aero screens and MG Car Company kickplates. Riding on silver-painted wire wheels shod with Excelsior Comp tyres, 'DOL 171' is quite possibly the nicest TA that we have encountered. Worthy of close inspection, it is offered for sale with restoration photographs, MOT certificate valid until June 2013 and (free) road fund licence valid until September 2013.
H&H Sales Limited, Imperial War Museum, Duxford
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£31360|
|Registration number||DOL 171|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1292|
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