1933 MG J2,
Lot 209
1933 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J 3571 Engine no. 2498 AJ
Sold for £33,925 (US$ 57,021) inc. premium
Lot Details
1933 MG Midget J2 Roadster
Coachwork by Carbodies

Registration no. MG 3024
Chassis no. J 3571
Engine no. 2498 AJ


  • Derived from the first Midget - the M type - and introduced for 1933, the two-seater J2 established the classic MG look which would characterise the Abingdon marque's sports cars into the 1950s. With its deeply cutaway doors, fold-flat windscreen and fixed cycle-type mudguards it revealed its race-bred pedigree in every line and set the British sports car fashion for many years. This new Midget was given the factory designation 'J2' and it was announced simultaneously that a new 'super-sports' 'J3' model and a racing 'J4' would quickly follow. The Midget's 847cc, overhead-camshaft, Wolseley-derived engine was coupled to a four-speed gearbox and housed in a simple chassis frame featuring half-elliptic springing all round and cable-operated 8"-diameter brakes. Thus equipped, the lightweight J2 possessed exemplary handling and steering by the standards of the day, and was good for 65mph. In total, 2,083 of the two-seater version were produced between mid-1932 and early 1934, and today the J2 is one of the most sought after of pre-war MG sports cars.
    An example of the ‘swept wing’ model produced from August 1933, this matching numbers J2 Midget is unusually original, never having had a ‘chassis up’ rebuild. The car was supplied new via main agent, University Motors and comes with a copy of the original guarantee. The car comes with a logbook listing the modifications carried out by R MacLeod-Carey, its owner in 1935. These include a mesh insert in the front valance to improve airflow around the sump; aero screens; quick release filler caps to fuel tank and radiator; shortened gearlever; various dashboard-mounted ‘extras’; brass carburettor trumpets; flexible joints in the copper fuel lines; and an under-bonnet light. The car has been with the present owner for the past 23 years, benefiting from an interior re-trim in 1988 and an engine rebuild in 1989. ‘MG 3024’ was campaigned in concours events around the country during the 1980s and 1990s, gaining numerous awards including 3rd place at the MG Triple-M ‘Car of the Year’ event in 1994 and 1996. It won at many other prestigious events including MG Silverstone, Beaulieu and Bugatti Owners Club, and took the ‘Best Pre-War Car’ award at the All England Vintage & Classic Motoring event. One of the most original of its type existing, the car is offered with an original set of tools, original instruction manual, old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document.