Lot 3423

Sold for £21,000

Lot details

1938 MG VA 1½ two door 4 seat open tourer

Reg No. JMC154

Car No. VA1369 Engine No. TPBG1632

Dark Red with Red interior, Black Hood and Black Side screens

Odometer 88625

The MG VA, or MG 1½-litre as it was originally marketed, was produced by MG between February 1937 and September 1939 and was the smallest of the three sports saloons they produced in the late 1930s, the others being the SA and WA.

The car used a tuned version of the push-rod, 1548cc overhead valve four-cylinder Morris TPBG type engine that was also fitted to the Wolseley 12/48 and Morris Twelve series III. The MG version had twin SU carburettors and developed 54 bhp at 4500 rpm. Drive was to the live rear axle via a four-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on the top three ratios. Nineteen-inch wire wheels were fitted, and the 10-inch drum brakes were hydraulically operated using a Lockheed system. In-built hydraulic jacks were standard. Suspension was by half-elliptic springs all round with a live rear axle and beam front axle. Luvax shock absorbers were fitted, the rear ones adjustable from the dashboard. There were only 2,407 VA’s of all body types produced prior to production ending which ensures that these vehicles today remain rare and collectable.

This car was purchased by the late deceased owner in April 2001, unfortunately no history is available although it saw regular use up until his death, no record of expenditure can be found. From the DVLA records the last pass MOT recorded was on the 28/06/2007 at a mileage of 88,118.

This rare tourer presents in a sound and solid condition, having had fresh fuel and a new battery the car started instantly. It is difficult to say what restoration has been undertaken in the past however, it would appear that little extra work would be required to bring this to an excellent condition. It should be noted that the hood would benefit with replacement along with fresh carpeting to the interior.

Sold with V5.


Condition report

From a local deceased estate.

Car runs well, although will need recommissioning as has stood for approx 2.5 years.

Body and structure very good, however paintwork now showing some wear.

Some panels are suffering from micro-blistering.

Paint loss to bulkhead.

Small chips to front of near-side wing and inside of bumper.

Interior with age wear but complete - damage to edges only.

Hood would need replacing.

Carpets are worn and with some moth damage.

Chrome generally good, with some modest tarnishing in places including to lamps.

Interior panels very good.

Instrument panel complete but showing some age wear.

Condition reports must be considered as a matter of opinion and not fact.


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