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1932 | MG J2 Midget

MG J2 Midget



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.

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.

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.

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 mentioned above, the original UK registration is on retention) and we can assist with shipping and importing processes if required. We can ship worldwide.

Vehicle details

Vehicle data

Model series
Model name
J2 Midget
First registration date
Year of manufacture
Mileage (read)
0 mls
Chassis number
Engine number
Gearbox number
Not provided
Matching numbers
Number of owners
Not provided

Technical details

Body style
Convertible (Roadster)
Power (kW/hp)
Cubic capacity (ccm)
Right (RHD)
Front brakes
Rear brakes
Fuel type

Individual configuration

Exterior color
Manufacturer color name
Folding roof
Interior color
Interior material

Condition, registration & documentation

Condition category
Has Report
Ready to drive


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