We enjoy the TA Midget and put it fully to the test
1 DAILY DRIVING
This isn’t exactly the TA’s forté. It’s small enough to squeeze into tight supermarket car parking spaces, but you’ll struggle to find anywhere to stow the shopping. There’s a little space behind the seats, but much of that is taken up by the sidescreens once you decide to go for the full-on open air experience. There’s precious little stowage space up front, too, apart from a slim pocket on each door card.
2 IN THE SERVICE BAY
MG created the TA Midget – and its XPAGengined successors – with owners who could tweak their cars at home in mind, and it’s still an easy car to work on. Lift the sidewaysopening bonnet flaps and access to the MPJG engine is good, with all of the components within easy reach. It also responds well to tuning, and can be fitted with parts from later MGs to improve performance and reliability.
3 ON THE SHOW CIRCUIT
The TA is as at home under the NEC’s spotlights as it posing outside Brooklands’ Clubhouse or getting its hands dirty at an historic motorsport event (although it’s worth noting that only unmodified TAs are accepted at Vintage Sports Car Club events). T-type MGs have been an accepted fixture on the classic show scene for decades, and it’s always worth seeing if the MG Car Club, MG Owners’ Club or MG Octagon Car Club are supporting whichever event you’re thinking of heading to.
4 THE LONG WEEKEND
Abingdon’s efforts to make the TA easier to live with than the outgoing PB Midget make it a better companion than you might expect – the brakes are much better, it’s (slightly) roomier and the suspension’s softer and more forgiving on longer journeys. The rear-mounted petrol tank is also bigger – 15 gallons to the PB’s 12 – which makes a big difference when it comes to planning longer journeys. It’s definitely best enjoyed away from motorways, though.
5 THE B-ROAD BLAST
Approach the TA expecting tonnes of grip, surefooted performance and the ability to devour entire counties with ease, and you’re going to be disappointed. But we can think of few other cars that offer such rewarding steering and handling. It’s one of those classics that feels much quicker than it is and throws you into the thick of the action well below the speed limit. Just remember to let the moderns get past you once in a while!