8 June 1998
1933 MG J2 MIDGET TWO SEATER
Registration No. DZ 868 (N. Ireland)
Chassis No. 4340
Engine No. 2823A
Red with black fabric interior.
Engine: four cylinder, single overhead camshaft, 847cc, 36bhp at 5500 rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Brakes: four wheel drum; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear. Right hand drive.
The J2 Midget was a true driver's machine embodying the essential aspects of sportscar design, including a fold-flat windscreen, external Le Mans-type slab petrol tank, quick action filler cap and a remote gear change and was available with long sweeping wings or the more popular sporting cycle-type as fitted to the car on offer today. The high-revving single overhead camshaft engine with cross flow cylinder head and twin SU carburettors produced 36bhp at 5500rpm. The car had a maximum speed of 83mph and lively acceleration, ensuring the competition success of the model in the hands of the amateur driver, particularly in the heyday of the Brooklands circuit.
The car on offer today was originally registered late in 1933 in Ireland, and competed in the Craiganet Hill Climb of the following year, where it came a respectable third. Later acquired by Richard Sefton, in his ownership the MG was actively used and resided for many years on exhibit at the Belfast Motor Museum before passing into the hands of an English relative.
With some restoration completed in the Seventies, including a repaint to the present red livery, the MG retains most original fitments, being equipped with octagonal instrument cluster and speedometer, although the dashboard has been renewed. Hydraulic brakes have also been fitted.
Offered in tidy order, the Midget is expected to have an MoT at the time of sale, having recently been recommisssioned. Service Information book, Instruction manual and a newspaper cutting showing the car competing at Craiganet come with the car.
Not currently UK registered, application to the DVLC should enable the successful pruchaser to retain its original Antrim number.
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This car is not offered with a current M.O.T. It has been run by our staff and needs attention to the fuel pump.
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