MG J2 Midget
MG J2 Midget
Technical Specification

Mark & Model MG J2 Midget
Year 1932
Registration plate Jersey registered
Chassis Number J2258
Engine Number 815AJ
Engine Capacity 847 cc
Transmissions 4-speed manual
Body style Open 2-seater
Interior color Red
Exterior color Red
Seating capacity 2
Wheels and Tyres Painted wire wheels
Asking Price £ 39,950
The MG J-series was launched as a readily accessible sports car in August 1932 - in the wake of The Great Depression, perhaps not perfect timing for a new car - but it achieved some considerable sales and competition success. Based on the earlier C and M-types, the J-type design epitomised the basic British sports car and was available as the J1 (a full four-seater); J2 (strictly 2 seats); J3 (smaller capacity, supercharged engine for 750 cc class racing) and the J4 (a pure racing version with lightweight bodywork and 750 cc supercharged engine). The J2 was by far the most popular and numerous however, with just over 2,000 built before production ended in 1934 and the P-type Midget took over. The J2 Midget employed an updated version of the overhead cam, crossflow engine, used in the Morris Minor and Wolseley 10 which, at 847 cc and running twin SU carburettors, produced a claimed 36 bhp. Driving through a four-speed non-synchromesh gearbox, this gave a top speed of close to 80 mph. This particular J2 Midget was manufactured in October 1932 and delivered to University Motors Ltd. London, who quickly sold it to its first owner on the 18th. of that same month. We know little more of the car’s detailed early history, although it has been known to the Triple M Register (part of the MG. Car Club) for some years. The car retained its original UK registration – MG1949 – throughout its life, until purchased by its current owner and imported and re-registered in Jersey in 2020. The original UK registration is held on retention with the DVLA however.
This highly desirable Midget could be said to represent the quintessential vintage British sports car, with handsome, balanced proportions and finished in striking red. It drives very well, being in excellent mechanical condition and benefitting from regular maintenance work. The car is currently Jersey registered (although as already mentioned, the original UK registration is on retention) and we can assist with shipping and importing processes if required. We can ship worldwide.
Every element of the bodywork is in excellent condition with all brightwork present and correct and very good paintwork. (The Midget is a recent Concours d’Elegance prize winner). The car comes with both full windscreen and separate aero screens; full hood, side screens and tonneau cover.
The red leather interior is in first rate condition with only very light wear to the seats and carpets. The engine-turned aluminium dashboard is in excellent shape with all instruments (and clock) present and functioning.
Mechanically, the car has a completely rebuilt and uprated engine (believed to be by Tom Dark Engineering Ltd), featuring a new steel crank; Carillo rods; Cosworth pistons and sports cam. The engine has been balanced and a 4-branch steel manifold and stainless steel exhaust/silencer have been fitted. The running gear has also benefitted from work with new kingpins and bushes; a rebuilt steering box and new trackrod ends. The brakes have been relined and new tyres recently fitted.
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