FIVE TRI­ALS

We en­joy the TA Midget and put it fully to the test

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

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!

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