1939 MG TB Midget

Base Roadster 1.3 L

Vehicle values by condition

Condition 4
#4 cars are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped.
Condition 3
#3 cars could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 car, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior.
Condition 2
#2 cars could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 cars that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws.
Condition 1
#1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best car, unmodified, in the right colours, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours.
Insurance premium for a
1939 MG TB Midget Base Roadster 1250
valued at £30,500
£154.89 / year*

History of the 1939 - 1940 MG TB Midget

1939 - 1940 MG TB Midget
1939 - 1940 MG TB Midget

MG T-series (Convertible), 1936-1955

The MG T-series Midget was in production from 1936 to 1955. Styled in house, it is a front-engine, rear wheel drive sports car range seating two adults.

The first T-series, the TA, was effectively a development of the previous PB, with a 3" wider track, 7" longer wheelbase and an engine drawn from the Wolseley Ten. This engine was replaced with the 1250cc XPAG for the TB of 1939 - a model which lasted for just five moths before MG's factory was turned over to the war effort. The TC of 1945 was effectively a TB with the addition of a hydraulic timing chain tensioner, a wider body and narrower running boards for improved cabin space. In 1950 the TD brought smaller wheels, a chassis from the Y-type and independent front suspension, while the TD MkII of 1950 was intended as a competition model with improved damping, taller back axle and a higher compression ratio. the TF of 1953 offered a lower bonnet line, raked grille, and - from 1954 - a 1500cc engine termed XPEG. The range was replaced for 1955 by the MGA.

Pitman steering arms can crack, making cars with a VW steering box conversion more desirable. If it's hard to control as opposed to simply being vague, the odds are something isn't right. It's also crucial to have well balanced and recent tyres if it's to drive properly. Chassis and wood frames can rot equally, and neither is a cheap replacement so check carefully. You can get adjustable shocks, Hartford friction dampers or hydraulic shock absorbers to replace the original Luvax units, and none of this will adversely affect values. The speedo shouldn't be perfectly still - it's a chronometric movement - but any wide variance means it's time for a rebuild. And gearboxes shouldn't be obstructive, but a little clickiness when warm is normal.

The obvious candidate for a would be T-series buyer is a four wheeled Morgan - built in a similar manner using similar principles, and with far more out there to choose from. Alternatively an earlier P-type Midget would certainly appeal, and if you want a TD or TF but have a family the YT Tourer would make an admirable choice instead.

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