MG TA Drophead Coupe

With sales of its successful Midget sports car slumping from increased competition in the mid-1930s, MG elected as a marketing strategy to build larger cars for the family man. One model was the three-position Tickford TA Drophead Coupe, bigger than the two-seat Midget and smaller than the four-passenger VA series.

For the TA body, MG sought the services of the well-known, high-quality coach and chassis builder Salmons & Sons Carriage Works, which had a long relationship with Aston Martin and at the time operated under its new name, Tickford. Only 260 of these cars were built before World War II, and it is believed only about half remain in existence.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

52.4 bhp, 1.3L overhead valve pushrod four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear sliding trunnion suspension and nine-inch Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"

Source: RM Auctions

MG TA Drophead Coupe