The J-type MG Midget was introduced in August 1932, replacing the four year old M-type. Compared to its predecessor, the J-type had an improved chassis based on the chassis of the C-type racing Midget and the engine had a new cross-flow cylinder head but the crankshaft still ran in only two main bearings.
The J-type was available in four different models: the J1 which was fitted with a four-seater tourer or ‘salonette’ bodywork, the J2 which was a two-seater and the J3 and J4 racing models with supercharged engines. The J2 two-seater, with its double-humped scuttle, cut-down doors and rear slab tank became the pattern for the MG Midget sports car right through to the last TF in 1955. The 1932-33 models had the cycle type wings seen here, later cars had swept wings.
A total of 2,082 J2 models were built from 1932 to 1934. This particular car dates to October 1932 and was originally
exported to New Zealand from where it was brought back into the UK in recent years. It has at some time been converted from mechanical to hydraulic brakes.