Registry: 1938 MG TA Tickford

Jim Wulf's Gold Member 1938 MG TA Tickford – “The TA”
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  • Burled walnut dash

  • Tickford side view

  • Top hinged windshield locking mechanism

“The TA”
One of 252 Tickford bodied three position Drophead Coupes, custom coachwork by Salmons & Sons.
Lockheed Hydraulic Brakes with Alfin Drums.
Dual MG TA - SU 1 1/4" HV3 Pre-war Bronze Body Carburetors.
Central Lubrication System for front and rear spring mounts and brake cable.
12 Volt, Positive Ground.

Currently running 1938 MG VA Engine TPBG 600, modified and bored to later 1708 cc Cream Cracker Specs* with balanced Phoenix steel billet crank, steel backed shell bearings, and C.P. Carrillo rods & pistons. (Original TA Engine, MPJG 2841 remains with car, cracked head.)

*This Tickford's VA Cream Cracker race spec engine, though visually nearly identical to the standard 1292 cc, 50 bhp, MPJG engine fitted to the TA, is 25% more powerful and, due to superior castings, much more durable. Consequently, it was fitted as a special by the factory to the TA for competitive racing events, the best-known cars of this type being the TA's of the "Three Musketeers" and "Cream Crackers" factory race teams. The Police specification MG VA also used a TPBG engine bored out to 1708 cc to give it better performance. It's reported that Cecil Kimber outfitted his personal VA with a modified VA engine built to this spec.

Cream Cracker Race Spec VA Engine:

TPBG Type, 4 cylinders in line, with three main bearings, fully counter balanced crankshaft from TPBG 1891 (13.09.38), late models with shell bearings instead of white metal.
Twin SU 1 ΒΌ" Carburettors.
Bore 73mm, capacity 1708 cc.
Rating 13.22hp, maximum power 61.7 bhp at 4200rpm.
Special distributor and timing retarded 5%.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Jim Wulf Gold Member   [MRoadster]
Location: Doylestown, PA, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1938
Build Date:1938-08-16
Original Colour:MG County Cream
Current Colour:MG County Cream
Odometer:28 miles
Body Code:No. 4111
Engine Type:1,292 c.c. Four Cylinder OHV
Engine Code:MPJG 2841
Transmission:3 synch 4 Speed
Last Updated:2018-04-25 08:35:40


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Member Comments on Registry: 1938 MG TA Tickford   ↵
Rated 9.6 out of 10 based on 36 ratings
2016-10-12 20:47:43 # 37766
Comment by bobby galvez
Rating: 10/10
Stunning! Looks perfect!
2016-10-13 02:12:07 # 37773
Comment by Skye Nott
Rating: 10/10
Super TA, thanks for adding it to the registry
2016-10-17 02:29:12 # 37847
very nice car, super
2016-11-01 06:33:57 # 38185
Comment by Anton de Kock
Rating: 9/10
very well conserved.Wish I could find one in the R S A!
2016-11-15 19:56:17 # 38446
Comment by Glenn Peters
Rating: 10/10
What did the restoration cost? Looks perfect...I'm sure it's a trailer queen.
2016-11-16 12:17:14 # 38467
Comment by Edmund Burr Nash
Jim,Your car is stunning. It must be a pleasure to go out and about in it.Can you tell me the manufacturer of the color "MG County Cream" and where you obtained it? Thank you.Burr Nash1954 MG TF
2016-11-16 13:21:23 # 38468
Comment by Jim Wulf
Edmund, Thank you for the comment. I've sent you a PM.
2016-11-16 13:49:48 # 38469
Comment by Jim Wulf
Glenn, Thank you. Yes, she's mostly going to be a trailer queen, with just short neighborhood drives for now. We'll be taking her through AACA judging and Concours events for the next couple of years, and driving our '67 MGB in the meantime. The professional restoration cost the P.O. 2 1/2 times what we paid for the car - ouch!
2016-11-17 14:20:27 # 38504
Comment by Edmund Burr Nash
Rating: 10/10
Jim,Thank you for the paint information. I'm enjoying browsing the photographs and admiring the rich English mechanical detailing which you have brought forth so beautifully. It's inspiring.Edmund Nash (1954 TF)
2016-11-17 14:22:49 # 38506
Comment by Joe JOHNSTON
Rating: 10/10
Beautiful! Enjoy showing this gem.
2016-11-17 14:49:33 # 38507
Comment by Steve Kaufman
Rating: 9/10
It's bloody gorgeous. Great job, Jim
2016-11-18 08:59:08 # 38529
Comment by Jeffrey Hamilton
Beautiful car, and I love that engine swap...Now _that_ is what I call a period correct upgrade !Sadly, I'm not as disciplined as you, since I would be, frequently, forced to drive and enjoy this wee British beauty ! cheers....JeffH
2017-01-06 07:47:44 # 39534
Comment by Bill Minnear
Rating: 10/10
Best TA I've seen. It's hard to believe your beauty is here in the states.
2017-02-15 13:43:34 # 40341
Comment by Michael Mitchell
Rating: 10/10
Jim.......Quite a Beauty!!!
2017-03-03 11:27:43 # 40695
Comment by Bob BREWKA
Rating: 10/10
JIM: that "A" is really a beautiful MG........hope to see it at a show'll have to bring her out to Las Cruces NM for British Car Days every April ! Dr. Bob Brewka '55 TF
2017-09-03 06:38:03 # 44394
Comment by Peter Jarzynka
Absolutely gorgeous!
2017-10-23 20:54:07 # 45353
Comment by Tom Cole
Rating: 10/10
2017-10-30 22:02:17 # 45563
Comment by bobby galvez
Last saw it a year ago when I commented. It's still breathtaking!

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-04-25 08:35:40

Changes from 2016-10-17 15:33:44 to previous 2016-10-12 14:12:04
Colour MG Gold Cup Yellow → MG County Cream

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Oct 7, 2016 Jim Wulf  USAGold Member Added to Registry (ID 35805)

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