1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ
Lot 220
1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster
Registration no. YY 7812 Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ
£35,000 - 38,000
US$ 57,000 - 62,000

Lot Details
1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ 1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster Chassis no. J2451 Engine no. 1958AJ
1932 MG Midget J2 Roadster
Registration no. YY 7812
Chassis no. J2451
Engine no. 1958AJ

Footnotes

  • General Manager of Oxford-based Morris Garages, Cecil Kimber brought sports car motoring within the financial reach of the man in the street with a succession of affordable MGs. These were, naturally enough, based on existing Morris models, arguably the most famous and certainly the most influential being the Midget, which first appeared at the 1928 London Motor Show. The first – 'M' type - Midget was based on modified Morris Minor running gear and used the latter's 847cc single-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine, though it was its delightful two-seater body that set the little MG apart from its humbler progenitor. Manufactured by Carbodies of Coventry, it was narrow, light in weight and adorned with a most attractive boat tail.

    Derived from the 'M' type and introduced for the 1933 model year, 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. Today the model is one of the most sought after of pre-war MG sports cars.

    One of only 2,083 J2 Midgets produced, chassis number 'J2451' was completed in December 1932 and supplied new by the famous MG dealership University Motors of London. It retains its original London registration number 'YY 7812' and comes with comprehensive history including the original buff logbook.

    In 2009 the Midget was the subject of a total 'last nut and bolt' restoration undertaken by a well-known Triple-M Register (MG Car Club) member. Rebuilt by Eric Tiech, the engine incorporates a steel billet Club crankshaft with 1½" big-ends and shell bearings; a secondary ball-race support bearing; David Newman matching con-rods with floating gudgeon pins; high-compression pistons; solid copper cylinder head gasket; and spin-off full-flow oil filter. The latter was supplied by marque specialists Sports & Vintage Motors, who also rebuilt the steering box. The three-brush dynamo has been upgraded with a diode cut out.

    Barry Foster rebuilt the gearbox and prop shaft, upgrading the latter, while the up-rated rear axle incorporates a 4-star differential, pressure plate modification, and Roger Furneaux lip seal modification. The 19" wheels are shod with Avon tyres, Dyna Bead balanced.

    Rebuilt on a new ash frame, the body retains its original tub, radiator shell, mesh grille, headlights, sidelights, bonnet and windscreen frame, the latter an early type rebuilt by Silvabronz. The bucket seats and valances are by Steve Gilbert; the stainless steel spare wheel mount by Vintage MC Parts; the interior leather trim by J Mussell & Sons; and the mohair tonneau cover by Mike Thomas. Other noteworthy features include a Bluemels four-spoke steering wheel; original speedometer (rebuilt by Patrick Henry); and aluminium cycle wings. Only 280 dry miles have been covered since restoration and the car is described as in generally excellent condition.
    Known to the Triple-M Register for many years, 'YY 7812' comes complete with current MoT, V5C registration document and a selection of photographs taken before and during restoration detailing the high standard of workmanship.
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