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Lot 337: MG J2

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

The MG J2 set the trend for British sports cars during the 1930s. Introduced in 1932, many sports cars of the thirties copied the J2 body style with its cut away doors, cycle type mudguards, fold flat windscreen and slab gas tank with spare wheel on the back. It remained the bedrock of MG styling until 1955, when the TF was replaced by the more aerodynamic MGA. The J-Series was available either as a J1, an open four-seater or closed coupe, or as a J2, a small two-seater open sports car. The significant change made to the J2 during its production was the switch to swept wings and running boards in 1933. The J2 has a four-cylinder, single overhead cam engine with a cross flow head and dual SU downdraft carburettors. Its 847cc engine produced 36 bhp and was rated as an 80mph car by Autocar magazine in 1932. The gearbox is a four-speed designed by Wolsley and the car had cable-operated brakes. There were just over 2,000 J2s produced during the 1932-1934 production run. In 1932 they cost new 199.10, which was twice the price of the cheapest British car on the market at that time, a Morris. Built in 1932, this car was originally delivered to Mr. H.W.M. Iredell and purchased on the 16th September 1932 through University Motors of London. Supplied with the car are some letters from Mr Iredell along with the original registration documents. In 1994 the car was completely restored and in 1998 FIA papers were applied for and granted and are supplied with the vehicle. Further work commenced in 1998 when many racing parts were added and the engine was fully rebuilt by MG specialists with pictures and bills for the work supplied in the history file. Coys are delighted to offer this charming vehicle for sale which is supplied with European registration documents and finished in red with a brown interior; this J2 is described as being in perfect condition and a great way to enjoy pre war motoring.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
TypeCar
Lot Number337
Estimate£28000-£35000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1932
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number2042
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2