This lovely MG TA was purchased in Melbourne Australia in May 2002 from an MG specialist whilst I was travelling there on business. I am an avid collector of MG’s having had many pre and post war MG t types, MG TF and MGA 1600 and Twin Cam models.
The car was not running but was complete and the most interesting fact was that the original engine was in the car when so many TA’s had their engines replaced with XPAG engines
The TA was shipped to the UK and all duties paid. It was clear the TA needed a full rebuild and I entrusted this work to Classic Restorations (CR) in Alyth, Perthshire as they were well known for their quality restoration work on Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls Royce models. CR had also restored 2 MG TC’s and an MG YA for me previously so I was well aware and confident of the high standard of their work.
The car was subjected to a full 12 month rebuild period and I personally checked progress on a weekly basis so I could see the scope and quality of the work. The body was removed from the car and the chassis checked and all components removed and checked and replaced where necessary. The body tub was sound and only minor work on the ash frame was required – probably due to the warm Australian climate. The panels were stripped back to bare metal and correctly repaired where necessary and then painted in a comprehensive manner to reflect the wonderful manner in which the car is now presented. Testament to the quality of the workmanship is that 15 year since the work was done the paint finish is unblemished. The scope of work carried out was literally on an open cheque book basis to ensure the end result was to the highest standard. The final cost was in the region of £35,000
The engine was badly worn with a main bearing on the crankshaft badly scored. The complete engine rebuild was undertaken by John Fyda at Agra engineering who are well known for their remarkable skill in rebuilding classic engines both for road and historic racing. I made it clear to John that the original engine etc had to be retained no matter what it took to rebuild and remanufacture the various components. John then set about rebuilding the engine with every component being correctly manufactured. The crankshaft was rebuilt and balanced and the block was rebored and new pistons fitted. This resulted in an albiet expensive but beautiful running engine. The cost at the time was in excess of £6000 to rebuild the engine.
In terms of the final specification of the car I wished the car to be unique hence the choice of colours with the two tone green being complimented by the red leather interior.
The only non-standard part fitted was the steering box and this was sourced from Germany used VW Beetle parts to allow the car to drive much nicer and be less heavy on steering.
The car looks and drives wonderfully and has seen little use since the rebuild the finished car is quite a spectacle and has received many compliments as to the outstanding condition of the car and must rank as one of the finest available today It is also one of few MG TA's that has matching chassis and engine numbers from its original build date as so many TA has their engines changed for the later XPAG engine .
Within all of the files I own for the car there is all of the build specifications as well as a Heritage letter confirming the build date as 1937
I think the car is irreplaceable at £35000 but will listen to a sensible offer from a truly interested party . Part exchange for a road car considered or other classic
For more information please contact Richard Lawson personally on 07710 001122 or 01382 477992
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