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During the summer of 1939 MG announced the TB Midget. The car was essentially the same as the MG TA in terms of chassis and bodywork, the difference being the new 1250cc overhead valve, four cylinder XPAG engine. The XPAG engine had a much stronger bottom-end than the earlier engine and better valve timing. The 1250cc engine also had a re-designed cylinder head and these new features combined to give a power output of 45bhp. The engine was equipped with a dry clutch and a better set of ratios with improved synchromesh meaning a much more advanced driving car to the earlier model. Due to the outbreak of WWII production had to stop and just 379 MG TB's were built. Due to low production numbers the TB is an incredibly rare and desirable car but the model does have the highest survival rate of all the MG T-Types with over 60% said to still exist.
This is the first MG TB we have had in over 20 years so we are delighted to offer ETJ 238 onto the market. The car was first registered on the 18th October 1939 and from the brown 'buff' continuation logbook we know the car was based in Edinburgh in 1962. By the late 1970s the MG was in Whitby, North Yorkshire and MOT certificates accompany the car dating back to 1979. One long term Whitby owner kept the MG throughout the 1980's and 1990's covering 23,000 miles. The MG was a regular attendee of Whitby Regatta during the early 1990's but was eventually taken off the road and left standing for many years. The recent owner purchased the MG around six years and commissioned a no expense spared ground up, nut and bolt restoration. The bare chassis was stripped, cleaned and painted, a brand new body tub and frame purchased and fitted to the chassis and all mechanicals overhauled. The body was beautifully prepared and re-painted, the interior treated to a top quality leather re-trim and new weather equipment fitted. Brightwork was re-chromed and the engine stripped and rebuilt and all mechanicals treated to a full overhaul. The work was carried out to an exceptionally high standard over many years and since completion has covered just running in miles.
Not only is the MG TB a remarkably rare find, to find such a car that has just been subject to this level of rebuild work so recently is almost unrepeatable. Very few of these cars exist and therefore this is a very rare opportunity. ETJ 238 is an ideal collectors car but having had such a thorough rebuild, it is ideal for weekend use and some touring. The TB is strong mechanically with a beautiful engine holding excellent oil pressure, superb four speed gearbox and rebuilt brakes, steering and suspension systems. Ancillaries have been re-furbished and the underside of the MG presents like the top with a beautifully detailed, cleaned chassis and new floors. The bodywork and paintwork are excellent, the interior stunning with a high quality finish and the engine bay and engine both pristine and presented to show level. This is a wonderful opportunity and is supplied with a full 12 months MOT, checkover and paperwork to include 'buff' continuation logbook, old MOT certificates and restoration photographic record.
Please note we also have an MG PA coming into stock, please call for details.