Lot 254 - 1937 MG VA
|Odometer reading||5,823 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,800|
The MG VA, or MG 1½-litre as it was originally marketed was produced between February 1937 and September 1939 and was the smallest of the three sports saloons they produced in the late 1930s, the others being the SA and WA. It used a tuned version of the push-rod, overhead valve four-cylinder Morris TPBG type engine and had twin SU carburettors developing 54bhp at 4500rpm. Drive was to the live rear axle via a four-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios, although on some early cars it was only on the top two speeds. Nineteen-inch wire wheels were fitted and the 10" drum brakes were hydraulically operated using a Lockheed system. In-built hydraulic jacks were standard. Suspension was by half-elliptic springs all round with a live rear axle and beam front axle. Luvax shock absorbers were fitted, the rear ones adjustable from the dashboard. The British Motor magazine tested a VA tourer which reached a top speed of just over 76mph and a 0-50mph time of 15.8 seconds. With the windscreen folded down the top speed increased to a heady 82mph.
This charming example has undergone a full nut and bolt restoration by the previous owner with just 5,000 miles travelled in the intervening period. It presents with a Double Duck hood with side screens and tonneau cover and has recently had over £3,000 spent on a brake overhaul.
There is a vast amount of documentation relating to its history and restoration and, when resting, resides in a fully air conditioned garage; as a result, according to the owner, she starts and runs very well indeed.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.