1939 MG TA Midget

The Collection’s Exhibit

It’s an evocative 1940 scene, the wartime airfield, planes and crews at the ready, and an MG sports car parked nearby. Shuttleworth’s MG is a 1939 example, and was originally Richard Shuttleworth’s own car which he drove regularly.

On Richard’s death – in a 1940 flying accident – it passed to Air Commodore Allen Wheeler, a friend of Richard and his family. After many years in the care of the Wheelers, latterly with the late Air Commodore’s wife, Mrs Barbara Wheeler, the car was donated to the Collection on Sunday 2nd May 2004, 65 years after its first registration.