Pre-War T-Series Barn Find: MG TA

1938 MG TA

This early MG T-Series car was sent in by Barn Finds reader Justin H. It’s located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and has just emerged from 20 years of dry storage in a barn. The car has been partially disassembled, which leaves me worried about how complete it is, but I think the bidding reflects that. It’s up for sale here on eBay and is currently at $8,350 but hasn’t met reserve. It does come with a clear title and surprisingly the wood body structure is said to be sound. The photography could be better and I’d want to see more details, especially of the inner bodywork, before placing a bid. However, I definitely have a weakness for T-Series MG’s, as does anyone who read and loved The Red Car by Don Stanford growing up. So do you think this one is worth restoring?


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  1. Cat7

    I have owned a TA and quickly became aware of how thin on the ground engine and transmission parts are. Best to upgrade to a TC motor and especially transmission. A lot of fun-at 35 mph.

  2. tom

    “The Red Car” is one of my favorites. I have three or four copies and reread it every year.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Tom, I am constantly amazed at how many people have read that little book and how much it affected some folks!

  3. JW454

    The Red Car was the first book I ever read cover to cover.

    Of course, that was not counting Green Eggs and Ham and the Cat in the Hat.

  4. dj

    How bout the Mini in the background?

  5. mg-kent

    There were 3003 TA’s built, before the TB was launched. The TB was
    essentially the TA with the TC’s engine.

    The TA was MG’s first sports model to be equipped with hydraulic brakes.

  6. Jason Houston

    I don’t believe the one for sale is a pre-war MG, but a postwar, up to 1954. In any event, here’s one of these I found tucked away in a hidden canyon near Death Valley, Calif. It’s been there since the late 50s and appears to have been cut down into a dune buggy. I suspect it may be an unrecovered stolen.

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