*This is a translation done by a machine.
The MG T-type Midget series is a British sports car that was manufactured for nearly twenty years, from before World War II to ten years after the war. It is a two-seater roadster with an ashwood frame and a steel body, and with its classic pre-war open car style and easy-to-handle powertrain that is easy to maintain and tune, it is a famous car that has been supported by many enthusiasts up to the present day.
It was in 1936 that the T-type, which evolved from the P-type, was introduced. It had a wide track and long wheelbase, and its performance was greatly improved. The MPJG 4-cylinder OHV engine had a 1300 cc engine displacement of 50 hp and a maximum speed of 130 km/h. Production of TA was about 3000 units.
In 1939, it evolved into the TB Midget, at which point the model that had been simply called the T-Type became known as the TA. The TB was equipped with a more modern XPAG engine with a displacement reduced to 1.25 liters, but the maximum output was increased to 54 hp compared to the TA.
However, when Britain was drawn into World War II, TB production was forced to stop. As a result, production of the TB was limited to just under 400 units.
After the war, in 1945, the model was renamed the TC, but it was basically the same model as the TB. In other words, the TC, the first postwar MG, was a pre-war sports car. The body width was slightly widened to provide a little more interior space. This was an improvement for export to the US market. The TC Midget became a very popular affordable sports car, and 10,000 were produced by the end of 1949.
The TD Midget, which debuted in 1950, had the same exterior styling as the previous T-series, but underwent a full model change. In 1953, it was replaced by the TF with a "big minor change", and in 1955, it was replaced by the MG A with a completely new and modern exterior design.
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The current owner acquired it in August 2013. Before that, it was in a museum in California, and its history before that is not clear. Since its importation to Japan, it has had only one owner.
Even though it looks like it's in museum condition, it has hardly been driven, so a lot of effort was put into the mechanical part of the car. It has been maintained by the same mechanic ever since we got the license plate number, and the dynamic functions are in excellent condition.
Here are some specific maintenance points.
Brake master back installed, rear brake shoes replaced, heater replaced
Installed kill switch, replaced dynamo with alternator (can be returned to original)
Radiator electric fan added, HID headlamps replaced
Tires (Michelin) replaced, oil pressure hose replaced, electric tachometer added, brake wheel cylinder assy replaced, rear shaft oil leak repaired
Choke wire knob replaced
The reason why we focused on finishing the mechanical part is because the current owner's usage is mainly for events such as classic car rallies. He has participated in most of the famous rallies held in Japan, and surprisingly, he has had no troubles.
In fact, I turned the engine on and off many times during the shoot, and I was surprised to find that it always started up with one shot, and the rotation was very smooth and quiet.
If there are any problems at present, it is that the right front and left rear shocks have oil leaks.
The wiring is still in place to connect to the map shot, rally computer (timekeeper), headset (peltor), and other items that are essential for participating in rally competitions. In other words, as long as you have these competition items, you are ready to compete.
Since its arrival in Japan, the skilled mechanics who have been in charge of its maintenance have given it their seal of approval. Of course, it is also possible to have them take care of it on a continuous basis.
The current owner has been busy competing in full-scale rally events and has decided to let go of the TC.
Individuals can participate in the clerical car event as soon as they register. Don't miss it.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on September 2021
|Year of Purchase||Aug 2013|