MG TA Roadster
By 1937, Cecil Kimber had solidly established the MG marque, short for “Morris Garages”, into an internationally famous builder of sports cars and attractive sporting sedans. With a veritable multitude of racing victories garnered by various MG models over the next 70-plus years, the MG marque is truly synonymous with the term “sports car” and is rightly credited with igniting the rampant sports car passion of postwar America.
In 1936, MG introduced the first of its famous T-Series sports cars beginning with the TA, spawning a succession of carefully improved postwar models that included the TC, TD and TF. Most notably, the prewar TA firmly established the stylish look of the typical British sports car with its tall, square radiator, wire wheels, cut-down doors, folding windscreen and rear- mounted slab fuel tank and spare tire. In fact, this classic design would influence the design of competing marques, as well as carry MG through nearly the next twenty years.
Lower and wider than the previous PB, the two-seat TA proved very popular with its more spacious and comfortable cockpit, good handling characteristics and smoother ride. With its new 1,292-cc engine with modern pushrod-actuated overhead valves, the lightweight TA could easily reach speeds approaching 80 miles per hour, with acceleration to 50 miles per hour accomplished in approximately 15 seconds from a standing start – excellent performance in those days!
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
52 bhp, 1,292 cc, four-cylinder overhead-valve engine, twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front and rear axles with half-elliptic springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94".
Source: RM Auctions