1937 MG SA Tickford Drophead Coupe

In the mid-1930's MG was acquired by the Nuffield Organization, bringing consolidation and rationalization of overlapping product lines. MG was a small part of the Morris group, and even smaller among Nuffield's many marques.

Yet MG's design department held its own, creating the 2-liter series known today by its internal 'SA' designation to insinuate MG into the mid-priced touring market with a car that retained MG's reputation for solid roadholding and excellent handling, while having sufficient power to propel larger, better appointed coachwork.

Based on MG's own rigid boxed frame with stiff springs, hydraulic double-acting dampers, power came from the 2,062cc pushrod overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine shared with the Wolseley 'Super Six' good for 78hp with two downdraft SU carburetors driving through a 4-speed gearbox.

The SA chassis boasted four-wheel Lockheed hydraulic brakes with 12 inch drums. MG later introduced a Tickford-designed 3-position Drophead Coupe body built by Salmons in Newport Pagnell. The Tickford offered style, comfort, weather protection and a high level of interior refinement and proved to be one of the most popular body styles, outselling both the NA 2-seater and the tourer body by a wide margin.

This 1937 MG SA Tickford Drophead Coupe is an excellent older restoration, probably ten or fifteen years old, with gorgeous wood interior trim, beautiful, crisp gauges, dual Lucas horns, MG-badged Lucas headlights, a center-mounted Lucas dip beam light, opening windshield, silver painted wire wheels mounted with Excelsior branded blackwall bias ply tyres, fender mirrors, rear-mounted metal enclosed spare and a handsome 4-spoke steering wheel.

Righthand drive, as all MG SAs were, it runs and drives very well, has excellent paint, chrome and upholstery and shows minimal use. The coachwork is vintage Tickford, with sweeping fenders and a delicious flowing tail that continues the body's refined, aerodynamic lines.

Finished in rich burgundy with black fenders, red leather interior, red carpets and black cloth top, it is a sharp, well-maintained car with charisma and panache that saw MG make 696 similar examples from 1936-39.

Comfortable and able to cruise at highway speeds with ease (60mph being only 3,300 rpm, 1,500 rpm under the engine's redline), this is a rare and luxurious example of MG's middle-market success in the late 1930's.

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