1939 MG TA
H&H Classics | 12-Oct-2016 | Imperial War Museum Duxford | Venue : Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 19
Year : 1939
Engine Size : 1141cc
Colour : Red
Interior : Red
Registration No. : EBY 871
Chassis No. : TA2931
Engine No. : MPJG1183
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


This lovely matching numbers TA was built in the Spring of 1939; ie close to the end of the model's run. It is very smartly-presented in Red inside and out and benefits from a relatively recent nut and bolt restoration, during which every item is understood to have been refurbished or replaced - including the original body which was supplanted by a new Naylor's ash example. Owned by the same enthusiast for 24 years, it was then purchased from our Duxford auction in September 2011. Since then it has been largely garaged, but nevertheless treated to: a top end engine overhaul; gearbox, brake and cooling system service; and radiator recore. The vendor currently has no hesitation in classing the bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and transmission as all being in 'excellent' condition.
Riding on smart chrome wire wheels, this former concours award-winning two-seater also sports: a rare original Midget mascot; replacement Bloomberg steering wheel; tonneau cover; aero screens; side wind deflectors; and original Shelley tools (housed in two trays). Among its claims to fame are featuring in the BBC's 'Strathblair' TV Series (original tape included) and being used to help launch the new MGF at the RAF Leuchars air base in Fife (photographs included). A fine example of the first, and arguably purist, member of MG's much-loved T Series lineage.
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 front and rear, it employed a modified Morris powertrain, including an overhead-valve 52bhp/1292cc engine and part-synchromesh four-speed gearbox. Visually and structurally, the bodystyle was an evolution of earlier MG Midgets. 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.