MG TA – 1936

Morris Garages were the car dealers in Oxford who customized existing cars, then began producing their own vehicles in the mid-1920s. This led to the establishment of the MG company in 1928 after successive moves to larger premises, culminating in the takeover of an old leather factory at Abingdon where MG remained until production controversially ceased in 1980.

Early output, consisted of basic body-on-frame sportcars like the Speed Model Tourer, L2 Magna, NA Magnette Tourer and MG PB, though two-seater racers were also produced. This established an evolutionary line leading to the MG T series that made its first appearance in 1936 with the TA Midget, after MG merged with the Nuffield organization. Tins typically British open-top two-seater enjoyed considerable success in its own light and pointed the way to a postwar generation of sports cars that would include more MGs, Austin Healeys and Triumphs.

MG’s existing chassis design was used but updated to take a Morris 10 engine that was tuned and teamed with twin SU carburettors to give the sort of nippy performance MG enthusiasts expected. But the introduction of hydraulic brakes and a synchromesh gearbox didn’t please all MG addicts, despite making the TA easier to drive than its rough-and-tumble predecessors and opening up a wider general market for MG sportcars. Initially, two-seater open and closed versions were offered, the latter rejoicing in the name of ‘Airline Coupe’. But this was soon replaced by the Tiekford Coupe with its three-position folding soft top.

Tire MG TA Midget was replaced by the TB in 1939, the latter looking very- similar but having a smaller, more modem engine, again borrowed from the Morris 10. But World War II spoiled the party and few TBs (only 379) were produced, though the postwar TC of 1945 hardly differed.




1936 (until 1938)


1,292 cc OHV Straight Four


Top speed of 79 mph (127 km/h)


 Although the vast majority of the 3,000 or so MG TAs that were produced came with factory bodies, some very attractive customized TAs were constructed by top coachbuilders like Park Ward.


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