In the 1920s, it was common practice to add a bit of tuning and dashing coachwork to an otherwise staid sedan and create a 'sports car.' In 1922, Cecil Kimber began his experimenting, melding tuning and new coachwork to a 1.8-liter Oxford engine, creating the MG Super Sports. Backed by Morris reliability and service, this little car was a success. By the 1930s, MGs evolved into the classic slab-tanked, two-seat roadster which remained popular for many years to come. The J2 features an 850cc overhead cam engine, producing 36 horsepower and propelling the car up to 80 miles per hour. 2,083 J2s were produced along with a limited number of supercharged J3s and J4 (four-passenger) variants. The success of the J Types as sports and race cars helped to solidify MG's early reputation.
The J Type MG was the predecessor to the P Type, and then the well known and loved T series cars.