24th Apr, 2024 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

Lot 64

1932 MG J2 Midget
Excellently restored and with period competition history

Sold for £27,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: FS 5757
Chassis No: J2048
MOT: Exempt

  • Supplied new to Scottish Motor Traction Company and successfully competed from new by employee Miss Marjorie Dickson
  • Reputedly the first J2 registered in Scotland
  • In current ownership since 1986 when purchased as a full restoration project
  • Notably nice example which has been fully restored over approximately 20 years by the vendor
  • Offered with an excellent and interesting history file
  • 1 of just 2,083 J2s manufactured

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 2,083 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 and braking by cable-operated 8-inch drums. Its race-bred pedigree and classic sporting appearance made the J2 extremely popular in period, before the J-Type model range was superseded by the PA, and they remain highly sought after by collectors today.

Chassis J2048 was delivered new to the Scottish Motor Traction Company on the 12th of September 1932 and is understood to have been one of the earliest, if not first J2 registered in Scotland, being registered ‘FS 5757’. Used as a demonstrator by SMT and rallied as part of a marketing exercise by employee Miss Marjorie Dickson, the J2 was successful in its competition, with several podiums and first places achieved in the hands of Miss Dickson (a full rally history records are at the base of the description). In private ownership for a few years of Miss Dickson’s competing, latterly rediscovered by MG historian Iain Wright of Glasgow in 1983 as a rolling chassis and coachwork, the vendor acquired the MG in 1986 and embarked on a full restoration over the ensuing twenty years.

The original chassis (correctly stamped) was restored; the OHC MM engine sourced was overhauled and the cylinder head was given new valves, camshaft, and guides; new carburettors fitted; the dynamo was renewed; springs renovated; steering was restored by Sports and Vintage Motors; a new ash frame supplied; a full flow oil system fitted; wheels powder coated; the interior fully retrimmed; headlamps restored by Vintage Headlight Restoration; and full repainting. Invoices on file total some £16,500 worth of expenditure, with the J2 used occasionally for local runs and is now displaying in excellent condition and in as close as possible to its original colour combination of Red paintwork with Red interior trim.

Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session, the J2 is supplied with an excellent history file across multiple folders including the aforementioned invoice file, with additional documentation including copies of the original record card, correspondence with the factory, letters from the Dalrymple family, and other sundry paperwork. Featuring in both ‘How They Ran – J1s and J2s in Competition’ and ‘75 Years of the J2 MG’ by Mike Hawke, arguably the most interesting items in the history file are a selection of period photographs of the MG in active competition under Miss Dickson. Also accompanying is the hood trimmed in Tan, jack, and sidescreens (not trimmed).

Now offered for sale due to the vendor’s advancing years and an MG TA project ongoing, this is an opportunity to purchase a notably nice J2 with very interesting provenance.

  • April 1933 – MGCC Half Day Trial; 1st
  • May 1933 – E & DMC Scottish Six Day Trial; 1st in Class
  • June 1933 – RSAC Scottish Rally
  • June 1934 – SSCC Half Day Trail; 1st in Class
  • June 1934 – SSCC 24 Hour Reliability Run; 1st in Class
  • July 1934 – TVMC Inaugural Rally
  • September 1934 – SSCC Half Day Trail; 3rd in Class & Winner of SSCC Mitchell Trophy
  • June 1935 – RSAC Scottish Rally; Gold Cup

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 24th Apr, 2024

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