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The TA used many components of Morris origin and, at first, was not popular with the "hardy" MG enthusiasts. However, this resistance was soon overcome and the car widened the appeal of sports cars which had previously been looked upon as being temperamental and difficult to drive.

  • MG TA-1 Cabrio
  • MG TA-1 Cabrio
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It was before the war, in the spring of 1936, when the sporty TA was launched as a replacement for the MG PB. When first introduced the model was known as the T Type and only after the advent of the TB did the TA designation come into use. The TB replaced the TA in MG's lineup.

The TA used many components of Morris origin and, at first, was not popular with the "hardy" MG enthusiasts. However, this resistance was soon overcome and the car widened the appeal of sports cars which had previously been looked upon as being temperamental and difficult to drive.

The TA's chassis was of traditional MG design, but some technical changes made the car less stiffer than its predecessors. Suspension was by the now familiar leaf springs front and rear, but the brakes were hydraulically operated for the first time on an MG.

The engine had been changed too. Gone was the neat, but demanding, ohc unit and in its place was a 1292cc, pushrod, overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine. This was essentially the same as that used in the Morris 10, but the MG was equipped with twin SU carburetors and produced around 50bhp, which was a significant increase compared to the PB. This was mated to four-speed transmission which had another first for MG - synchromesh.

The mechanical specification of the TA made it a much easier car to drive, whilst still maintaining the reputation of its predecessors. This opened up a new appeal of sports cars to a much wider market than before.

At first, two-seater open and closed (Airline Coupe) were offered, but the Airline Coupe was shortly dropped with the advent of the Tickford Coupe. This had a drophead body style with a three position folding soft-top that provided the protection of a closed car in bad weather, but allowed open air motoring when it was fine.

The TA became very popular. However, the engine was not happy being run at high revs because of its unsuitable valve timing. To overcome this, the factory developed methods of tuning the unit and supplied the information to those who wanted their TA's to go faster.

This car has covered 7,077 miles (approx. 11,600 km)..

Chassis no: TA3014

Engine type: in line 4 cylinder

Displacement: 1,292 cc

Output: 50 HP

Transmission: 4 speed manual

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