This honest and very genuine 1933 example of the rare and iconic J-Type Midget with its stylised swept wings, integral running boards and cut-a-way doors is offered straight from careful, long-term ownership - support for which is evident by its present magnificent condition. Incredibly it has been in the same family since 1959 and it comes with over 60 years worth of MG history. How many cars can claim that?
According to MG production records, Chassis J4124 was first owned by Mr A E Willis, of Tooting, London who bought it on the 1st March 1934 from South London Motors, Streatham, London. It subsequently went to RF Bucknell of Wallington, Surrey by May 1938. and came into the previous family ownership in the late fifties and was purchased from the owner’s son-in-law.
Benefiting from a comprehensive restoration in the 1990s by MG specialist Rod Murray, although subsequently work has been undertaken by Archers of Dunmow and latterly MG specialist Peter Edney in 2008 - the last bill totalling approximately £3000. The car starts first time and does so from cold, even after being left to stand for long periods. It runs and drives very well with an impressive turn of speed and fruity exhaust note.
Finished in flawless BRG with black vinyl interior and riding on silver painted wire wheels, the car is equipped with modern indicators as a concession to safety, but they are fairly discreet. Although a hood was not fitted, during the car's aforementioned 50 plus years of ownership, a new one has now been professionally made in duck cloth to match the original side screens. There are also 5 spare wire wheels with the car. Incidently, the speedo seems to be a trifle unreliable at present due to lack of use and may need attending to.
A rare and iconic British Sportscar which will enhance any serious Classic Car Collection. Eligible for Vintage Rallies & Events. Ready to use and enjoy. Offered at a very sensible price considering the current high demand for scarce pre-war cars. A real collector’s piece and a blue-chip investment in its own right!
Paperwork with the car includes V5C, current MoT, copy of the original sale sheet and details of subsequent owners. Historic road tax. There is also a small quantity of handbooks and other MG-related books and ephemera. Call John on 01253 734199 for more on this amazing car. Or visit www.kultkars.net
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The MG J2 Midget design was ground-breaking, being the starting point for the square rigged MGs, a body-shape which was retained right up to the TF in the 1950s. The beauty was not skin deep however as the car was fitted with a jewel of an engine at 847cc with a cross flow single overhead cam, twin carburettors, four speed crash gearbox and improved chassis. In addition, these cars were road tested at over 80mph, which was an amazing achievement for such an affordable car with such a small engine.
The MG J-type was produced by the MG Car company from 1932 to 1934. This two-door sports car used an updated version of the overhead camshaft, crossflow engine, used in the 1928 Morris Minor and Wolseley 10 and previously fitted in the MG M-type Midget of 1929 to 1932, driving the rear wheels through a four speed non-synchromesh gearbox. The chassis was from the D-Type with suspension by half elliptic springs and Hartford friction shock absorbers all round with rigid front and rear axles. The car had a wheelbase of 86 inches (2184 mm) and a track of 42 inches (1067 mm). Most cars were open two seaters but a closed saloon version of the J1 was also made and some chassis were supplied to external coachbuilders. The open cars can be distinguished from the M type by the cutaway to the door tops.