1933 MG J2
The MG J2 set the fashion for British sports cars for many years. It was introduced in 1932 and many sports cars of the thirties copied the body style with its cut away doors, cycle type mudguard, fold flat windscreen, and slab gas tank with spare w....[continue reading]
Morris Garages (MG) was a dealer of Morris cars in England. They began producing their own customized versions using designs created by Cecil Kimber, the general manager. The first cars to wear the MG-badge had custom two-seat touring bodies and appe....[continue reading]
The MG J Type was manufactured from 1932 to 1933 and it was MG's first successful sports car. About 2,000 J Type MGs were built. The J Types were powered by an 850cc overhead am engine which could propel the car to 80 mph. The success of the J Types ....[continue reading]
HistoryThe MG J Type was a two door sports car produced from 1932 through 1934 and incorporated mechanical components from other marques. The engine was an overhead camshaft unit from the Morris Minor or Wolseley. The chassis was from the D-Type comprised of half elliptic springs and Hartford friction shock absorbers. Both the front and rear axles were rigid.
The J1 was a four-seater version available as a closed salonette and powered by a 36 horsepower engine. The J2 version was the most common of the series. It was a two-seater sports car that had a top speed of about 65 mph. The early versions had cycle wings. The J3 and J4 styles were racing version using a 746 cc engine outfitted with a Powerplus supercharger. The J4 was a light-weight version of the J3.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2006
MG, or Morris Garages has become a name that is synonymous with classic British sports vehicles that are enjoyed throughout the World. Morris Garages began its motoring adventure by tuning Morris cars to higher performance levels. The Morris name was after William Morris, who eventually became Lord Nuffield.
The M-Type Midget was developed from the baby Morris Minor during the 1920's, and resulted in a basic, cheap, fun, two-seater, with sporting pretensions that eventually triggered an entire dynasty of Midgets. The Midget series is responsible for establishing MG as a manufacturer of sports vehicles with an excellent reputation in motor sport.
The MG J has been considered by many enthusiasts as the pinnacle of pre-war MG Midgets as it was the original of the traditional 'square-rigger' style. From 1932 to 1934, a total of 2,463 models were produced in both 2-seater and 4-seater open configurations. The models that followed in later years were updated to offer swept wings as standard.
The J was capable of delivering a 78 MPH top speed, and it carried a 847 cc engine.
Unfortunately, the two-bearing crank was the weak link of the design of the MG J.
The MG J carried an updated version of the crossflow engine and overhead camshaft that was used in 1928 Morris Mino and Wolseley 10, and previously fitted in the MG M type Midget of 1929 to 1932. The ‘J' had a chassis from the D-Type with suspension by half elliptic springs along with Hartfor friction shock absorbers all-round, with rigid front and rear axles. The vehicle also had a wheelbase of 86 inches, and a track of 42 inches.
Costing only £199, the adorable little J2 was released in 1932, following a wave of popular success from the ‘M' type Midget. The J2 held a 850cc engine, and the instruments inside the little car were responsible for setting MG design for the next 20 years. The unembellished 2 door body came with a slab tank, door cutaways, fold flat windshield and octagonal dash instruments. Eventually the stark and sporting ‘cycle' type mudguards were updated to sweeping wings and running boards in 1934. The full length type of wings were typical of all sports MG's up to the 1950's. The J2 was capable of reaching a top speed of 65mph.
The MG J3 was a more supercharged version of the J2 with an updated 750 cc displacement. This open sports 2 seater was designed specifically for the street, and small occasional trials work, only a rare 22 models were produced between 1932 and 1933.
The MG J4 was even rarer still with only a total of 9 models that didn't appear until 1933. The release of the J4 was delayed due to the pre-existing 8 inch brake gear that was considered insufficient for such a speedy car. A new gear was prepared, and a new system was being developed for the ‘L' type, which was a larger 6 cylinder MG. The J4 had the capability of reaching 120mph from a 750cc engine. The J4 was of a much superior quality that was intended as a serious contender in all-out racing, and strictly not for the amateur.
In 1933, two other versions of the ‘J' type were released, a sliding door salonette, and the J1 four seater.By Jessica Donaldson
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