Cool Car: 1939 MG TB

Written by on February 3, 2016 in MG with 5 Comments
1939 MG TD

Simply stunning.

It’s not very often we get an MG TB in the shop. Let us rephrase that: this is the first one! At first glance it looks like an MG TC, but on close inspection it’s a very different animal. The TB shared the body and chassis of a TA, but sported the same XPAG engine that was found in the TC. Very few of the TBs were produced because production started in mid-1939 but was quickly brought to an end due to the start of the Second World War. It is said that only 379 cars were ever built, with only fifty surviving to this day—making it the rarest of the T Series MGs.

1939 MG TD

This car is immaculate.

This particular TB is very well restored and finished in a gorgeous color combo. It’s been sitting for some time and has been brought in for us to once again make it roadworthy. In addition to the TB, we currently have a 1938 MG TA and a 1948 MG TC in the shop, so it’s really cool to be able to compare the three models and see all of the slight differences with our own eyes. We’ve always got rare and interesting cars coming through the doors, so be sure to check back to see all these beauties we’re privileged to get our hands on.

Take a moment to take in the sheer beauty of this rare classic

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  1. Russ Taft says:

    You mentioned that it was nice to see the TA, TB, and TC together in the shop, and could check out the nuances that made them different. It would be nice to see some compare/contrast photos

  2. Administrator says:

    It’s on the list, Russ! 🙂

  3. Chris Broome says:

    I used to drive a 1939 TB when I was an apprentice at Jaguar.

  4. Best Royal Design Car looking cool

  5. Ed. says:

    I owned a 1939 MG TB in 1960 and the front shocks were the scissors friction type which could be manually adjusted. The post war TC had hydraulic shocks and some TB owners changed the original ones for the post war hydraulics which this one would appear to have.

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