1933 MG J2

The two-seater J2 was introduced for 1933 and derived from the first Midget - the M-Type. The J2 would establish the classic MG appearance that would characterize the Abingdon marque's sports cars into the 1950s.

Sports cars are often impractical and expensive, but General Manager of Oxford-based Morris Garages, Cecil Kimber brought them within the financial reach of many individuals, beginning with the first 'M' Type. It first appeared at the 1928 London Motor Show and was based on modified Morris Minor running gear and used the latter's 847cc single-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine, but with two-seater coachwork. Manufactured by Carbodies of Coventry, they had a boat tail rear end and a small, lightweight footprint with a narrow width.

The MG J2 that followed the 'M' Type continued the sporty persona, affordable price tag (under £200), and outstanding value. The race-bred pedigree and sporty appearance made the J2 very popular in period with 2,083 examples built. The attractive styling included a fold-flat windscreen, fixed cycle-type mudguards, and deeply cutaway doors. The Midget's 847cc, overhead-camshaft, Wolseley-derived engine was coupled to a four-speed gearbox and housed in a simple D-Type chassis frame (with an 86 inch wheelbase) with half-elliptic springing all round and solid front and rear axles. Braking was handled by four-wheel cable-operated drums.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2020

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The 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....
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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 1920s, and resulted....
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1933 MG J2 vehicle information

Midget Roadster

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]

1933 MG J2 vehicle information

Midget Roadster

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]

1933 MG J2 vehicle information

Midget Roadster

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]

1933 MG J2 vehicle information

Midget Roadster

Chassis Num: J2972
Engine Num: 934AJ

MG introduced the J2 model in 1933. They featured a folding windscreen, fixed mudguards, and cutaway doors. They had powerful engines, lightweight bodywork, a strong chassis, and wonderful handling.....[continue reading]

1933 MG J2 vehicle information

Midget Roadster

Chassis Num: J2932
Engine Num: 1752 AJ72

This 1933 MG J2 Midget Two Seater is powered by an 847cc overhead valve inline 4-cylinder engine fitted with two SU carburetors and develops 36 horsepower at 5,000 RPM. There is a four-speed manual transmission, front beam axles with leaf springs, li....[continue reading]

Midget Roadster
 
Midget Roadster
 
Midget Roadster
 
Midget Roadster
Chassis #: J2972 
Midget Roadster
Chassis #: J2932 


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1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
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1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)

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