Lot 183 - 1933 MG J2
|Estimate||£24,000 - £29,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,000|
Derived from the first MG Midget, the M-Type, and introduced for 1933, the two-seater J2 established the classic MG look which would characterise the Abingdon marque's sports cars into the 1950s. With its deeply cutaway doors, fold-flat windscreen and fixed cycle-type mudguards, it revealed its race-bred pedigree in every line and set the British sports car fashion for many years. This new Midget was given the factory designation 'J2' and it was announced simultaneously that a new super-sports 'J3' model and a racing 'J4' would quickly follow. The Midget's 847cc, overhead-camshaft, Wolseley-derived engine was coupled to a four-speed gearbox and housed in a simple chassis frame featuring half-elliptic springing all round and cable-operated 8" diameter brakes. Thus equipped, the lightweight J2 possessed exemplary handling and steering by the standards of the day, and was good for 65mph. In total, 2083 of the two-seater versions were produced between mid-1932 and early 1934 and today the J2 is one of the most sought after of pre-war MG sports cars.
This J2 was purchased by the vendor in 2010 from the estate of Philip Lomax; an avid classic car collector in whose ownership, this MG was fully restored in the 1980's. Fitted with an XPAG engine, gearbox and updated MG TA hydraulic brakes, high torque starter and alternator for rallying, this car is ready to be used and enjoyed. For those collectors who wish to put this car back to the original specification it is supplied with an M-type engine in bits, including engine block number 10781A, two heads, crankshaft and a number of new parts including pistons, bearings and con rods. Finished in two-tone mid and dark Brunswick green with red interior, this J2 is also supplied with a V5 registration document, a buff continuation log book from 1958 and various invoices for recent mechanical work amounting to several thousands of pounds. This is 1930's driving at its most enjoyable.
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