Lot 269 - 1939 MG TB
|Odometer reading||37,074 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,900|
The MG TA Midget replaced the PB in 1936. It was an evolution of the previous car and was slightly wider and longer. It used the MPJG OHV unit from the Wellesley 10 but with twin SU carburettors, modified camshaft and manifolding. The engine displaced just 1292cc with a stroke of 102mm. The four-speed manual gearbox now had synchromesh on the two top and, unlike the PB, was fitted with hydraulic brakes.
Like the PB, most were two-seat open cars with a steel body on an ash frame holding a bench type seat fitted with storage space behind it. The T-type was capable of reaching nearly 80mph in standard tune with a 0-60mph time of 23.1 seconds. Just over 3,000 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. The TB Midget replaced the TA in May 1939 with the fitting of a smaller but more modern XPAG engine as fitted to the Morris Ten Series M but in a higher tuned state and like the TA ,with twin SU carburettors. This 1250cc unit featured a maximum power output of 54hp at 5200rpm; impressive for the time and the rarest of the T-type cars with only 379 made.
This stunning example was originally the property of John Jordan of Jordans Oats and Cereal Bars fame and represented a gift to his daughter on her 21st birthday. A letter of certification attests to this fact and can be found in the history file. Little is then known of its whereabouts except when it came into the ownership of Terry Bone, noted collector and purveyor of T-Series MG's. He, in turn, sold it to the vendor in 2001 as a restoration project.
Over the next two and a half years, JPA 890 underwent a total nut and bolt restoration at the hands of the owner, himself an 'old school' engineer. The process was lengthy and meticulous, and with the car utterly dismantled back to its constituent parts and divested of both its paint and ash frame, the process of its rebuild began. Using as many of the original parts as possible and new sections where required, it was painstakingly re-assembled, complete with a new ash frame; to the condition you see it in today. The process was photographically documented and the car is now entirely correct right down to the steering wheel - an item often replaced with the more popular 'mandolin' style unit. As a nod to modern driving conditions, a number of acceptable upgrades have been incorporated. These include an unleaded head, a fast road 'Crane' cam, the addition of indicators combined into the sidelights and a fire extinguisher set into the passenger footwell. Full weather equipment is also included, as you would expect as well as a protective cover for when not in use. In 2004, the vendor and his wife attended a number of MG events, initially for general interest but after a surprise class win, further events were entered and in total an impressive 16 class wins were notched up and the vendor was politely asked to temper the number of events entered in order to 'give the others a chance'.
So; a well presented MG, an extremely rare TB model and a car so thorough in its execution and presentation that it is almost certain to be on the podium at any event chosen.