1936 MG TA – fully restored
Wonderful first-year fully-restored MG TA in fantastic mechanical and cosmetic condition. Complete professional, no expenses spared, restoration including chassis, engine, gearbox, drivetrain, steering components, brakes, new electric wiring, new gas tank, new exhaust system, new leather seats, new interior, all new and complete weather protection, new paint, new tires, and much more commissioned by the previous long-term Danish owner. Doing the retortion, the car was converted to run on unleaded gasoline. A binder documenting the history and restoration is included in the sale as are original service manuals and the original British registration papers.
The previous owner purchased the car in 1979 from Moto-Build in Hounslow, England and have only added 6394 miles on the odometer in 40 years of ownership.
The car has Danish papers and title and passed Danish technical inspection (Syn/MOT/TUV) in 2013 and will not have to go through technical inspection until 2021.
VIN/Chassis Number: TA0539
Engine: 1,292 cc (1.3 L) MPJG type I4
Transmission: Four-speed manual
History of the MG TA
The MG TA Midget replaced the PB in 1936. It was an evolution of the previous car and was 3 inches (76 mm) wider in its track at 45 inches (1,100 mm) and 7 inches (180 mm) longer in its wheelbase at 94 inches (2,400 mm).
The previous advanced overhead-cam inline-four engine was by then not in use by any other production car so it was replaced by the MPJG OHV unit from the Wolseley 10, but with twin SU carburetors, modified camshaft and manifolding. The engine displaced just 1292 cc, with a stroke of 102 mm (4.0 in) and a bore of 63.5 mm (2.5 in) and power output was 50 hp (40.3 kW) at 4,500 rpm. The four-speed manual gearbox now had synchromesh on the two top ratios and was connected to the engine by a cork-faced clutch running in oil. Unlike the PB, hydraulic brakes were fitted with 9-inch (230 mm) drums.
The T-type was capable of reaching almost 80 mph (130 km/h) in standard tune with a 0–60 mph time of 23.1 seconds. Allan Tomlinson won the 1939 Australian Grand Prix handicap driving an MG TA.
3,003 were made and in 1936 it cost £222 on the home market, the same as the PB.
When first introduced the model was known as the T Type and only after the advent of the TB did the TA designation come into use.
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