An MG sports car owned and driven during World War Two by the RAF hero Sir Douglas Bader is expected to sell for £80,000 at auction. The fighter pilot, who famously flew in the Battle of Britain despite losing both legs, was the first owner of the Midget TA Roadster. He bought it in 1938, seven years after he lost his legs, registering the open-top car to his address in upmarket Kensington, West London. The British car was powered by a 1.3-litre engine which gave it a top speed of around 80mph – an impressive speed for a 1930s sports car.
Autocar magazine tested the MG in 1937, with motoring journalists saying it gives “an unusually good performance for its engine size”.
When the war broke out Bader rejoined the RAF and became one of the heroes of the Battle of Britain. He was shot down over France in 1941 and survived. And despite his disability, he made several escape attempts before being confined in the notorious Colditz Castle. Bader, who remained in Colditz until its liberation in 1945, owned the MG for around eight years before selling it in 1946.
The car, which has only been driven 100 miles since it was restored, will be sold by Bonhams at its Goodwood Revival sale on September 12.
It is being offered with a guide price of £60,000 to £80,000.
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