1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594

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Lot 454
1938 MG VA Tourer
Registration no. GWE 454 Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594

£ 28,000 - 34,000
US$ 35,000 - 42,000
1938 MG VA Tourer
Registration no. GWE 454
Chassis no. VA 1514
Engine no. TPBGA21594

Footnotes

  • Launched at the 1936 Motor Show, the VA was the second all-new MG model to be introduced following the company's acquisition by Morris Motors and its subsequent reorganisation. It was a scaled-down version of the SA, first seen the previous year, which had 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. Likewise the VA, or 1½-Litre, which shared its 1,548cc four-cylinder overhead valve engine with the Morris 12/4 and Wolseley 12/48. As installed in the VA, this unit featured twin SU carburettors and produced 54bhp, but as the car weighed over a ton, acceleration was necessarily leisurely. Nevertheless, the VA could cruise comfortably at 60mph and had a genuine top speed of over 75mph with more to come from the tourer with the windscreen folded flat. Synchromesh made its appearance on 3rd and top gears - the first time that this innovation had been seen in an MG saloon. A Tickford-bodied drophead coupé and Charlesworth-bodied open tourer completed the range. By the time production ceased in 1939, 2,407 VAs of all types had left the factory.

    This particular VA, chassis number '1514', was originally registered on 5th September 1939 to S Wilson & Son, Sheffield. In May 1995 the MG was purchased from Chequered Flag Motors in the USA and imported into the UK. When bought, it was very original and in driving order. A few years later, Chisbon Restorations of Beaumont, Essex commenced a restoration of the body, which was undertaken between January and August 2001 at a cost of £11,000. The restoration was finally completed in 2003 and the car registered for the road.

    In 2005 the MG was purchased by the current vendor and then in 2006 the engine was rebuilt again, on this occasion by Formhalls Vintage & Racing Ltd of Downton, Wiltshire, receiving a new bottom end. The wheels were rebuilt and the interior re-trimmed at the same time. The brakes have been up graded to a specification devised by marque specialist (and founder of SVW Spares) Peter Ratcliffe, incorporating larger rear shoes and cylinders, and the car also benefits from the fitting of flashing indicators, discreetly mounted on the bumpers.

    In 2011, 'GWE 454' was driven to the Le Mans Classic, cruising comfortably at 55-60mph. That same year the track rod ends and kingpins were replaced by Steve White of Leicestershire, and the car is currently running and driving well. Offered for sale from the vendor's private collection, this VSCC-eligible MG comes with MoT to May 2016, V5C document and an extensive history file (close inspection recommended).
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1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
1938 MG VA Tourer  Chassis no. VA 1514 Engine no. TPBGA21594
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