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1936 MG TA Midget

1936 MG TA Midget

1936 MG TA Midget

In 1936 MG replaced their PB model with the larger TA Midget.It was both wider and longer than the outgoing model and used a modified version of the Morris 10 but engine with twin SU carburettors.

Chassis and engines were mated at the Abingdon factory and. once completed, were shipped to Newport Pagnell for coachwork.

The TA was the first MG to have hydraulic brakes.

One particularly great body was the three-position drophead coupe produced for the factory at Salmons & Sons Carriage Works also know as Tickford. Only 260 were equipped with this luxurious body out of a total production run of 3003 cars.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Abingdon, England
production 3000
engine MPJG Inline-4
fuel feed Twin SU
displacement 1292 cc / 78.84 in³
bore 63.5 mm / 2.50 in
stroke 102 mm / 4.02 in
compression 6.4:1
power 37.3 kw / 50 bhp @ 4500 rpm
specific output 38.7 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 64.94 bhp per tonne
wheel type 19×2.5 Wire Wheels
front tires 19×4.5 Dunlop
rear tires 19×4.5 Dunlop
front brakes 9-Inch Drums
rear brakes 9-Inch Drums
f suspension Luvax Shock Absorbers
r suspension Luvax Shock Absorbers
curb weight 770 kg / 1698 lbs
wheelbase 2388 mm / 94 in
front track 1143 mm / 45 in
length 139.5 mm / 5.5 in
width 56 mm / 2.2 in
height 53 mm / 2.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
tran clutch Single Plate
gear ratios 3.715:1, 2.2:1, 1.42:1, 1:1
top speed ~128.72 kph / 80 mph
combined fuel econ eu 7.84 L/100 km or 30 mpg-us


Auction Sales History


1938 MG TA Drophead Coupe by Tickford – sold for $115,500
The example offered here is certainly the finest one we’ve ever offered. MG expert Gene Roth spent seven years completing a ground-up restoration, which he finished in 1994. He restored the car to be period-correct down to the smallest detail, including the correct and complete tool set. All original and restorable mechanical and body components were retained to assure authenticity. Each component was rebuilt to as-new condition, except the engine block, which was replaced in England. The interior is done in walnut, leather, and with Wilton carpeting, as original, and the body is finished in black acrylic urethane enamel. The brightwork is a triple-plated chrome, which includes the wire wheels.
Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s