Lot 74 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £29,250
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: JU 2891
Chassis No: J3355
In the current ownership since 2005, this pretty J2 Midget is understood to have been treated to a professional restoration in the mid-1980s and has more recently been the subject of a number of improvement works carried out by the vendor. These have included; a partial gearbox overhaul, re-engine turned dash, dynamo and cylinder head overhaul, attention to the flashing indicators, installation of an electric fan, replacement of the tyres, battery and exhaust together with the fitting of new set of brakes and drums.
Retaining its original registration number, the car benefits from full weather equipment with aero screens and was in regular use up until a couple of years ago. Described as having "very good" bodywork, engine and transmission with "good" paintwork and "excellent" interior, it has been a previous award winner at various shows and MGCC events. Finished in the alluring colour scheme of Black coachwork with Green leather/vynide interior it comes with a comprehensive history file which includes photographs of the earlier restoration work.
Derived from the M-Type, the J-Type was produced from 1932 to 1934 with the majority being to J2 two-seater specification of which just 2083 examples were built. Representing outstanding value at under £200, the Midget's 847cc, overhead-camshaft, Wolseley-derived engine was coupled to a four-speed gearbox and housed in a simple D-Type chassis frame with half-elliptic springing all round and solid front and rear axles. Its race bred pedigree and classic sporting appearance made the J2 extremely popular in period and they remain highly sought after by collectors today.