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.