The MG T series
of cars (including the TA
, and TF
) was a basic body-on-frame sports car produced from
1936 through to 1955. It was replaced by the MGA.
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The MG TA replaced the MG PB in 1936. It was an evolution of the
previous car and was 3 inches wider in its track at 45 inches and 7 inches
longer in its wheelbase at 94 inches. The previous advanced overhead cam engine
was now not in use by any other production car so it was replaced by a more
typical MPJG OHV unit from the Wolseley 10 but with twin SU carburettors,
modified camshaft and manifolding. The engine displaced just 1292 cc, with a
stroke of 102 mm and a bore of 63.5 mm and power output was 50 hp (40.3 kW) at
4500 rpm. The four speed gearbox now had synchromesh on the two top ratios. Like
the PB, most were two seat open cars with a steel body on an ash frame but it
could also be had from 1938 as a Tickford drop head coupé with body by Salmsons
of Newport Pagnell or closed "airline" coupé as fitted to the P type but only
one of these is thought to have been made. It was capable of reaching nearly 80
mph in standard tune with a 0-60 mph time of 23.1 seconds. Unlike the PB,
hydraulic brakes were fitted. Just over 3000 were made and in 1936 it cost £222
on the home market.
The TA was replaced by the TB in May 1939 with the fitting of a
smaller but more modern XPAG engine as fitted to the Morris 10 but in a higher
tuned state and like the TA with twin SU carburettors. This 1250 cc unit
featured a slightly less-undersquare 66.6 mm bore and 90 mm stroke and had a
maximum power output of 54 hp at 5200 rpm. Available as either an open 2 seater
or more luxurious Tickford drophead coupé, this is the rarest of the T type cars
with only 379 made.
The TC was the first postwar MG, launched in 1945. It was quite
similar to the pre-war TB, sharing the same engine with a slightly higher
compression ratio of 7.4:1 giving 54.5 bhp at 5200 rpm but using more modern
interior elements allowing a wider cockpit. It was exported to the United
States, even though only ever built in right hand drive. The export version had
slightly smaller US specification sealed beam head lights and larger twin rear
lights, as well as turn signals and chrome-plated front and rear bumpers. Over
10,000 were produced, a large number by MG standards. It cost £527 on the home
market in 1947.
The 1949 TD combined the TC's drivetrain but with modified hypoid
geared rear axle with the MG Y-type chassis and a familiar T-type style body. An
independent suspension using coil springs in front was new, as were rack and
pinion steering, smaller 15 inch disc type road wheels and a left-hand drive
option. Bumpers and over-riders became standard for the first time. The car was
also 5 inches wider with a track of 50 inches. In 1950 the TD MkII was
introduced with a more highly tuned engine with 8.0:1 compression ratio giving
57 bhp at 5500 rpm. Nearly 30,000 TDs had been produced when the series ended in
1953 with all but 1700 exported.
TF and TF 1500
Essentially a stop gap car until the new range starting with the MGA could be
produced, the TF launched in 1953 was a face lifted TD with a sloping
grille and the headlights in the wings. The external radiator cap was now a
dummy as a pressurised system was fitted to better cope with hot climates.
In 1954 the engine was re-designated XPEG and enlarged to 1466 cc by
increasing the bore to 72 mm giving 63 bhp at 5500 rpm and the car designated
the TF 1500.
The last cars were made in 1955 when it was replaced by the MGA after
approximately 9600 were made including 3400 of the TF 1500.
The TF name was reused in 2002 on the mid-engined MG TF sports car.
||MG Car Company,
BMC from 1952
||94 inches (2388 mm)
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If they all were hardtops it would be a more all-weather car, huh?.....I would
want a hardtop made for one if I owned it. :)
These are beautiful cars!! They should still be made like
Q. How long is a TA 1935 MG, please? TOTAL length not wheel
What is the shortest classic M G sports car ?