Launched in 1936 as successor to the PB Midget, the TA Midget was an altogether larger and roomier car. Longer in the wheelbase at 94”, the simple chassis followed established Midget practice with semi-elliptic springing all round, though the use of hydraulic dampers at the front and the adoption of Lockheed hydraulic brakes were new departures.
GB 348 was built on the 6th October 1937 and UK registered on the 18th October. The V5 only records one former keeper up to 26th November 2010. In 2010 the MG was purchased by the last owner in South Yorkshire and during 2011 was part exchanged and sold to a Yorkshire couple who have covered over 1,000 miles over the past three years.
Most recently it has been through one of the UK’s leading Bentley and Rolls Royce specialists, where various works were carried out including, brake re-commissioning, adjusted wheel bearings, greased round as necessary, an MOT, replaced oils, spark plugs and a general service.
The MG TA paintwork had lost its shine and the new owners decided to spend several thousand pounds having the MG fully stripped down to bare metal, wings removed, all chrome including the radiator removed and the body prepared and treated to a full professional re-paint at Malton Coachworks.
The recent owners were relatively new to classic cars and were keen to purchase a usable pre-war MG that could be used during the summer months. The MG has fulfilled the purpose and has been cherished, thoroughly enjoyed and treated to regular local journeys throughout each summer. The vendors confirm that this little TA has proved totally reliable and runs and drives superbly.
With a strong correct engine, holding excellent oil pressure having been treated to an engine rebuild. The MG gearbox feels tight with the brakes working correctly and performance is generally very good.
BDG 348 has a very sharp clean body with excellent deep gleaming paint finish whilst the upholstery was most likely re-trimmed during the 1980’a/1990’s and is very smart with excellent seats. The door cards are well-presented as are the carpets. Notably it is offered for sale with weather gear- an excellent hood and a full set of side screens in very good condition. The wood frame was inspected and checked when the MG was stripped down three years ago and was found to be in good, strong condition.
MG TA’s are becoming harder to find and this particular MG offers excellent value for a usable, honest and very smartly presented example. The MG has recently been fully serviced, MOT tested and both the speedo and rev counter have been re-conditioned. Over £1,000 has just been spent on preparing this MG to ensure it is ready for reliable, summer motoring.