MG built these J2s from 1932 to 1034 and only made about 2,000 so they are somewhat rare. The mechanical brakes work OK but the drums are tiny so brakes could be an issue. The 847 cc inline 4 OHV engine has only 2 main bearings, so broken crankshafts are common. This MG is for sale on eBay with a BIN of $10,000 with bidding to start at $1,000. It is mostly complete and some spare parts are included.
That conspicuous hole in the dash is where the switch panel should go. The condition of the upholstery is in contrast to the state of the rest of the car.
Here’s where the engine should be. It’s long gone and there’s an English Ford flathead engine in its place. The original engine looks really unusual. The overhead cam is driven by a vertical shaft is the armature of the generator. The generator is mounted vertically on the front of the engine. If, or when, the camshaft seal on the head leaks, oil drips into the generator. Then you discover a new meaning for firing up your engine. That wire mess looks bad even for an English car.
Here you can see the generator on a restored engine. Are there other cars beside MG that are configured this way? This configuration would make conversion to an alternator in the original configuration a real challenge, if not impossible.
Here you can see the fenders clearly. Early J2s had cycle fenders. These fenders are an style that MG used into the 1950s. It would be messy to be rear ended in this car with the gas tank protected by only the spare wheel. Hopefully there is a collector out there with deep pockets who will find this worth restoring. It will be a real challenge. Parts could be difficult to find but perhaps some of the bits included are usable.