1938 MG SA Tourer Coachwork by Charlesworth Registration no. CFS 204 Chassis no. CH SA 2721
Launched at the 1935 Motor Show, the SA represented a new departure for MG. The first all-new model to be introduced since the company's acquisition by Morris Motors, it was considerably larger than any previous MG and caused a certain amount of consternation amongst enthusiasts who feared an abandonment of virtues embodied by the marque's nimble sports cars. They need not have worried, for although based on the Wolseley Super Six and aimed at the luxury car market, the SA received sufficient input from MG founder and designer Cecil Kimber to transform it into a car worthy of the famous octagon badge. Originally of 2,026cc, the overhead-valve Wolseley six had been enlarged to 2,288cc by the time SA production commenced and was further stretched to 2,322cc in 1937. With 75bhp propelling a car weighing around a ton-and-a-half, acceleration was necessarily leisurely; nevertheless, the SA could cruise comfortably at 60-70mph and had a genuine top speed approaching 85mph. A Tickford-bodied drophead coupé and Charlesworth-bodied open tourer completed the range. By the time production ceased in 1939, 2,738 SAs of all types had left the factory.
Approximately 20 Charlesworth-bodied tourers were built, this example of which is believed to be the only one resident in the UK. Owned by an American serviceman immediately after WW2, it was discovered lying derelict in a Hampshire field in the early 1980s and subsequently rebuilt to concours standard, with the brief of retaining originality at all cost, by SVW Services, specialists in the larger MG models. The rebuild was completed in 1994 and in December 1996 the then owner, Mrs Jeanetta Goodwin of Hayling Island, offered the MG for sale at Brooks' Olympia auction where it was purchased by the previous owner. Retaining its original registration mark, this rare and most sought-after MG sports car is finished in black with red leather interior and comes with a quantity of expired MoT certificates, Popular Classics article, Swansea V5C document, MoT to June 2013 and a service bill for £500 dated February 2009.