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.