17 May 1999
1939 MG TA SPORTS TWO-SEATER
Chassis no. 1979
Engine no. MPJG 2237
Green with beige leather interior
Engine: four-cylinder pushrod overhead valves, 1292 cc, twin SU carburettors, 50bhp at 4500 rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with synchromesh on top three ratios; Brakes: four-wheel hydraulically operated drum; Suspension: beam front, live rear axle, half elliptic leaf springs all round. Right hand drive.
With the announcement of the TA Midget series early in 1936, MG's popular little sporting model underwent something of a sea-change. The Abingdon factory's sales had dwindled from a 1932 peak of 2400 cars sold, to half that number three years later. Something needed to be done and Morris, who were MG's parent company, decreed that a practical, slightly more roomy car that used as many components as possible from the Morris and Wolseley ranges was required. The overhead camshaft engine of the now superseded P-type was replaced by a flexibly mounted 1292cc pushrod overhead valve unit. The body too was four inches wider and each seat cushion was two-and-a-half inches broader. Comfort was catered for with slightly softer suspension. The TA Midget was a delight to handle, gear changes controlled though a crisp remote change and eased by synchromesh on top, third and second gears.
This 1939 example is described as being all in very good condition and has been in the present ownership since 1987. It has Swiss registration papers.
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