Lot 126 - 1938 MG TA Police Car
|Chassis Number||TA 2095|
|Engine Number||MPJG 2384|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
The TA was the first of a line of T series MG cars to span two eras of pre and postwar motoring. There were to be five models in all; A-F, and they were the last of the traditional MG sports cars. 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. 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 whilst the roomier body and improved and more comprehensive weather equipment made the car altogether a more exciting prospect for touring. Unlike many of its predecessors, the TA was only available as a two-seater, and the car remained virtually unchanged throughout its production life.
Registered in 1938, this MG TA was originally registered to Lancaster Police Department and is mentioned in the book 'MG's On Patrol'. After completing its life in the Police force, this MG was purchased by a Canadian who was studying in the UK; when he returned to Canada he loved the car so much he shipped it back with him. In 1970 the car was purchased by an American and underwent a light restoration - he then kept the MG until 2013. This handsome car eventually found its way back to the UK shores, where it has created substantial interest; ex-Police cars are always highly sought after and one that is 78 years old is rare and highly desirable. Police MG's had higher performance engines; this MG, finished in black with red trim, comes supplied with a V5 registration document together with some spares and tools and we are advised by the vendor she drives with no known faults.
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