Godin Banks Ltd.
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|type||Cabrio / Roadster|
|mileage||1.127 km / 700 mi|
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This is an interesting car, it is a 1937 MG TA 2 Seater Sports finished in Red with Beige Interior. This is a UK car from new and whilst being cosmetically shabby, drives very well with a recent service and overhaul costing £1700.
When Sir William Morris (soon to be Lord Nuffield) hired Leonard Lord to rationalise his businesses, one of Lord's first actions was to close down the MG design offices at Abingdon, and to begin sports car development at Morris Motors in Cowley, near Oxford, still under the same chassis designer, Hubert Charles. The TA, announced in 1936, established the famous T-Series pedigree which would persist until the mid-1950s. Designed around a simple new ladder-type chassis frame, with beam axles and front and rear, allied to ultra-stiff leaf springs, it used modified a Morris/Wolseley power train, including an overhead-valve 52bhp/1292cc engine, and a part-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, but assembly was always carried out at the dedicated MG factory at Abingdon. Visually and structurally, the body style was an evolution of earlier MG Midgets, which meant that the two-seater passenger compartment was based around a wood-framed, steel-skinned tub with flowing front wings, free-standing headlamps and an exposed fuel tank.
Originally only one style was available, but in due course a heavier style by Tickford, which featured wind-up door windows, was also put on sale. The top speed was up to 75mph, the ride was firm, but the entire driving experience was exhilarating. A total of 3,003 TAs were produced until 1939.
The interior of our car has been retrimmed in Beige Leather and it is fine. The car has a hood but no side screens. The paintwork is not very nice and matt all round. The wheels and tyres are OK however.
It will come with a new MOT and is Tax Free and is UK registered. It is rare to find a TA in this useable condition with only the cosmetics needing work and this is a great opportunity to add value to a project whilst having fun this summer.
Sold on the 7/19/2012