1933 MG Midget J1 Special Sports  Chassis no. 0490 BK

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Lot 143* N
1933 MG Midget J1 Special Sports
Registration no. APC 401 Chassis no. 0490 BK

£ 20,000 - 30,000US$ 25,000 - 38,000
1933 MG Midget J1 Special Sports
Registration no. APC 401
Chassis no. 0490 BK
*One of only 380 built
*Rebuilt in the late 1980s/early 1990s
*Original engine (rebuilt in 1996)
*Present ownership since December 2014

Footnotes

  • Descended from the first Midget - the M-type - and introduced for 1933, the J-type refined the qualities of the immediately preceding C and D types, reaffirming the classic MG look which would characterise the marque's sports cars well into the 1950s. The range comprised the J1 four-seat tourer, J2 two-seater and J3 and J4 competition variants. With its deeply cutaway doors, fold-flat windscreen, and fixed cycle-type mudguards, the J-type revealed its race-bred pedigree in every line and set the British sports car fashion for many years. Today the model is one of the most sought after of pre-war MG sports cars.

    One of only 380 built, this particular J1 Midget was delivered new via MG main dealer Hazlemere Motor Co Ltd to Jim Gammon, brother of racing driver, Ken Gammon. Its next owner, from 1937, was Leslie Hawthorn of The TT Garage. There is then a gap in the ownership history covering the war years before the MG re-emerged in 1947 in the ownership of one G J Roberts. Apart from the period 1951 to 1960, the car's history is known thereafter. 


    In 1986, Mr Holland saw the MG advertised for sale 'fitted with a Ford 10 engine'. He travelled to South London and bought the car, which was a non-runner in need of full restoration, which was undertaken over the next six years. Mr Holland decided to keep the Ford 10 engine and in 1992 the resurrected MG was back on the road, rebuilt with a two-seater body and Morris hydraulic brakes to the front (see photographs on file).

    Purchased by the immediately preceding owner in May 1995, 'APC 401' came with the remains of the original J-Type engine, which has been rebuilt and was reinstalled in June 1996 (see photographs and bills for £5,000 on file). Various other maintenance tasks have been carried out over the years, including relining the brakes; fitting new kingpins and a new water manifold; and installing new carpeting. It is understood that the car has always run well, covering around 200 miles each year while with preceding owner. The current vendor purchased 'APC 401' at Bonhams' Oxford Sale in December 2014 (Lot 316) and had the MG shipped to his home in Australia where it has continued to be maintained and serviced, including fitting a new fuel pump.

    Described as in good working order, this unique MG special is offered with an original sales brochure, old-style logbook, V5C document, and a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs. The extensive history file (viewing recommended) also contains receipts for works carried out and parts supplied by MG specialists Montlhéry Garage, Somerset Sports & Vintage, and South Cerney Engineering.

    Should the car remain in the EU, local reduced rate import duty of 5% will apply on the hammer price.
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1933 MG Midget J1 Special Sports  Chassis no. 0490 BK
1933 MG Midget J1 Special Sports  Chassis no. 0490 BK
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