I am going to attempt to complete this car. There are really no kits available so it will be entirely scratch built like the Tatra was. This is going to take more time then some of those I did in a few days so be patient with me. I will be including history of the car as I go along with a lot of prototype photos and progress photos. The first installment of the history is following on this post, This will be detailed along with the motor as before. I will show all the parts of the build so you can follow along. I will include pattern making from pictures and try to explain each part as I go. Be sure to ask questions if something is not clear to you. You can refer to my older builds for some of the techniques that I will be using. I have downloaded and marked over 100 photos of the car to work from and will be including this information as I go.
First some basic information, The plastic sheet comes in 40x72 sheets from US Plastics out of Ohio, I have linked it before. You can also get 4 foot x 8 foot sheets from your local sign shop for about $20. It is,40 thick and will be used for all parts of the build with the exception of some tube stock that I will call out when I get there.
The prototype used an Ash wood frame as all MG's did until the early 50's with the advant of the MGA. The metal skin was nailed to the wood frame. Then interior was all leather and mohr hair, like the early cars in the US.
The MG SA was launched at the 1935 Motor Show and this elegant saloon was the first all new model to be introduced
since the merger with Morris Motors in July 1935. It was launched alongside another new model, the PB Midget and a
revised version of the N type Magnette, but everyone's attention was turned to the SA. This brand new car was a
shock to the MG fraternity as it was a car of such huge proportions compared to the previous Abingdon offerings
and was to be the largest MG to date. Many enthusiasts refused to recognise the SA as a genuine MG choosing to
forget the fact that some of the earlier Magnettes were not exactly small cars. To understand the reasoning behind
the launch of this luxury sports saloon, we need to look back to early 1935 and the revolution that swept through
Abingdon. Leonard Lord was appointed as the new managing director of the MG Car Company when Nuffield sold the
concern to Morris Motors in July 1935. Virtually overnight all racing activities and developments were ceased
and although Cecil Kimber remained at Abingdon, there was little that he could do without the consent of Lord.
Initially Lord said that he did not want to produce any more MG sports cars as they interfered with his plans
to streamline the organisation. However Cecil Kimber still retained a lot of influence and he managed to gain
enough support to eventually change Lord's mind. The end result of this disagreement between Kimber and Lord was
the production of the MG Two Litre SA Saloon first announced in October 1935.
The following is the Jaguar SS Saloon they wanted to compete with. Mecerdes had an SS along with several other manufacturers of the time period.
I will be posting as I get to each part so sit back and enjoy. For those interested in the time something like this takes, I have over 20 hours just in the research and designing of the build so far. Very similar to the Tatra build. Research is a lot of time if you want to get everything down, photos play a critical roll in scratch building so research,research, and research.