T-type time­line

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1935

MG is sold to Mor­ris Mo­tors, whose ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme her­alds the end of the Wolse­ley-based over­head-cam en­gines – and the PB Midget that uses it. Work on a suc­ces­sor us­ing Mor­ris’ own OHV en­gine be­gins.

1936

The TA Midget – es­sen­tially a Mor­ris-en­gined PB with a longer wheel­base and wider track – is launched in June. It’s a big suc­cess for the man­u­fac­turer, with 3003 cars made over three years.

1939

The TB is vis­ually sim­i­lar to the TA but packs MG’s new XPAG en­gine. It’s praised for being more pow­er­ful and eas­ier to tune than the MPJG unit and is a sec­ond quicker to 0-60mph.

1945

Just 379 TBs are man­u­fac­tured be­fore Abing­don’s factory moves over to the war ef­fort, but leaves the man­u­fac­turer well placed to launch its TC suc­ces­sor. Amer­i­cans who had warmed to the T-types dur­ing the war fed back to MG that they’d like the car to be roomier, so in re­sponse the new car was a full three inches wider.

1949

MG moves the Midget away from its pre-war ori­gins with the TD – gone are the wire wheels, and in comes rack-and­pin­ion steer­ing and styling in­spired by the Y-type sa­loon. The sched­ule of im­prove­ments con­tin­ues on 1953’s TF, which in­cor­po­rates the head­lights into the body­work for the first time.

1955

The TF is re­placed by the new MGA. The Midget name reap­pears six years later on a car based on the AustinHealey Sprite.

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