Lot 13 - 1938 MG TA
|Odometer reading||42,818 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,306|
Estimate The TA was to be the first of a line of T series MG cars that spanned two eras of pre- and postwar motoring. There were to be five models in all; TA, TB, TC, TD and TF and they were the last of the traditional MG sports cars. Announced in 1936 the MG TA Midget heralded cries of anguish from the purists who resented the fact that the overhead cam engine was to give way to a Morris 10 derived, overhead valve pushrod engine. The new TA was longer and wider than its predecessor, the P type Midget, the car was also much more comfortable and roomier and had the luxury of hydraulic brakes, It was also very competitively priced at £222 and represented very good value for money. The quality and straightforward design soon won over the stalwart overhead camshaft brigade as the TA had kept all the most desirable features and the larger engine provided much more pulling power throughout the range. This ensured that the car held its own in competition and the roomier body and improved and more comprehensive weather equipment made the car altogether a more exciting prospect for touring. The TA was only available as a two-seater, unlike many of its predecessors and the car remained virtually unchanged throughout its production life.
Fully restored in recent years by its owner of more than 17 years and finished in twin Green with a beautifully patinated matching green leather interior, the vendor describes it as looking and driving like it left the factory only two years ago. There is a double duck hood, tonneau cover as well as a collection of old MoT test certificates and road tax discs. An extremely fine example.
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