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1938 MG TA

Chassis number : TA/2566

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Sold for $77,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey.
The MG T-Type Midget (the TA), introduced in 1936, was larger than its predecessors. Initially, only one TA body style was offered, a two-seater roadster. In 1938, a more luxurious 'Tickford' Drophead Coupe body by Salmons & Sons of Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire became available.

Salmons built convertible bodies for Aston Martin, Rover, BSA, and Triumph, among others. At the time, Salmons was operating under the Tickford name, and gave the TA a patented three-position lined convertible top. With its functional landau irons, the top could be fully opened, partially opened, or fully closed. They had innovative roll-up windows and higher-topped doors.

During its production lifespan, around 250 examples of the TA Tickfords were produced. It is believed that fewer than 35 examples survive in the United States.

This particular example had its chassis built at the MG facility in Abingdon. It was then taken to Salmons for the custom body and top. It is believed that its first owner was N. Heritod Glenn of Sutton, Surrey, England.

The car was purchased in 1977 by Bruce Mentech who had it transported to New York. Charles Osburn, Spring Valley, Ohio purchased it six years later. The current owner acquired it in 2005 and soon thereafter commissioned a complete ground-up restoration and engine rebuild. The factory 1,275 cubic-centimeter engine was removed, and a more powerful 1,750, 75-horsepower unit was installed. The body was refinished in MG Gold Cup Yellow, and the interior was done in red leather. The burgundy top includes a clear glass window; wire wheels and hubs are new, as are the Dunlop tires.

Since the restoration was completed, the car has been driven a total of 28 miles.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016
Sold for $77,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey.
This MG Tickford is a three position drophead coupe and one of only 252 produced during partnership between Cecil Kimber's Motorcar Company and the coachbuilder Salmons and Sons located on the grounds of the former medieval Tickford Abbey.

A Tickford's most notable features are patented folding weatherproof hood (top) with roll-up windows, driver adjustable steering column, Lockheed hydraulic brakes and powerful 52 horsepower OHV engine capable of 80 mph. In 1977 this vehicle was rescued from a London scrapyard and shipped to Woodbourne, NY where it received a five-year restoration commissioned by its third U.S. owner. It sat dormant for 11 years until acquired by the current owners in 2016 who restored it to its original automotive glory.

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2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $75,000-USD $110,000 
Sale Price :
USD $77,000

1938 MG TA Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the MG TA

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 MG TA Roadster
Sold for USD$31,350
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1938 MG Midget TA Tickford Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: TA 2654
Sold for USD$38,089
  2019 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1938 MG TA
Sold for USD$27,000
  2017 H & H Auctions - Duxford Motor Car Auction
 
1938 MG TA
Sold for USD$23,264
  2017 Anglia Auction
 
1938 MG TA Roadster
Sold for USD$36,300
  2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1938 MG TA Tickford Drophead Coupe by Salmons & Sons
Chassis#: TA/2736
Sold for USD$85,250
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
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1938 MG TA 'Tickford' Drophead Coupe by Salmons & Sons
Chassis#: TA/2566
Sold for USD$77,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
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1938 MG TA Drophead Coupe by Tickford
Chassis#: 2736
Sold for USD$115,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
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1938 MG Midget TA Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: TA 2610
Sold for USD$26,723
  2013 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1938 MG TA Roadster
Chassis#: TA2475
Sold for USD$41,614
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1938 MG TA Drophead Coupe by Tickford
Chassis#: 2736
Sold for USD$112,750
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1938 MG TA
Chassis#: TC1440
Sold for USD$22,230
  2009 Bonhams - Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano
 
1938 MG TA Tickford Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: TA2926
Sold for USD$49,725
  2008 Bonhams - The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
 
1938 MG TA Tickford ThreePosition Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 2678
Sold for USD$117,700
  2007 RM Auctions The Ponder Collection
 
1938 MG TA Roadster
Chassis#: TA1801
Sold for USD$18,700
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1938 MG TA Tickford Roadster
Sold for USD$70,400
  2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

MG TAs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 MG TA's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 MG TA Tickford Drophead Coupe by Salmons & SonsTA29482022 RM Sothebys : Gene Ponder Collection $100,000$140,000
1938 MG TA Tickford Drophead CoupeTA26782019 Mecum : Monterey$80,000$100,000$130,000
1938 MG TA Police CarTA 20952016 Historics at Brookland $24,000$28,000

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1938 MG TA Profiles

1938 MG TA vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Tickford
Chassis #: DDK145
1938 MG TA vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Tickford
1938 MG TA vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Tickford
Chassis #: TA/2736
1938 MG TA vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Tickford
1938 MG TA vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Tickford
1938 MG TA vehicle information
Tickford Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Salmon & Sons
Chassis #: TA/2566