Lot 22 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 26th July 2017)
Registration No: AAS 491
Chassis No: TA1400
Mot Expiry: Exempt
- Built on 19th May 1937 and supplied new to Australia
- Repatriated from Melbourne by the vendor in 2000 and treated to an extensive refurbishment by Classic Restorations Ltd of Alyth the following year
- Original engine overhauled by Agra Engineering of Dundee. Part of a private MG collection since 2000
The first of the famous MG T-series line, the TA was introduced in 1936. Larger, faster and more comfortable than its PB predecessor, the newcomer was powered by a MPJG 1292cc OHV engine that developed some 50bhp @ 4,800rpm. Allied to four-speed manual transmission, it endowed the two-seater with a nigh on 80mph top speed. Traditionalists may have decried the adoption of a less exotic powerplant, insulating rubber engine mounts and - after a while - synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gears but the TA had accounted for 3,003 sales by the time production ceased in 1939.
According to the T-Register's (www.tregister.org) production record search facility, this particular example - chassis number 'TA 1400' - was built on 19th May 1937. Reportedly supplied new to Australia and repatriated from Melbourne by the vendor during 2000, the right-hand drive tourer was entrusted to Classic Restorations Ltd of Alyth, Perthshire the following year for 'an extensive, body off, chassis up restoration'. Finished in striking two-tone Dark Metallic Green, the two-seater is also understood to have had its original MPJG engine thoroughly overhauled at the hands of Dundee-based Agra Engineering. To the interior, the green-piped red leather upholstery is complimented by dark green carpets and a wooden dashboard. Riding on red painted wire wheels and sporting a black hood, 'AAS 491' does not want for visual drama and appears as sharp as one might expect given the cost of its refurbishment alone was reputedly £25,000 (though, that figure would be dramatically higher today). Part of the vendor's MG collection for the past seventeen years, this handsome TA is variously rated by him as 'excellent' (bodywork, paintwork, interior trim), 'very good' (engine, electrical equipment) or 'good' (four-speed manual gearbox). He summarises 'AAS 491' as 'a fabulous example of a prewar MG T Series'.