MG TD Sports 1952 entered into July 25th Classic Car Auction

What a pleasure to offer this cracking British Sports Car. These cars were introduced to the public in 1950. Most went to the States. Compare the TD with its predecessor the TC – the improvements were immense. Rack and pinion steering heads the list, plus independent front suspension which makes these cars a greater pleasure to drive. This example does not pretend to be in concours condition, but she is very sound, having a metal tub, photo records all on file. The vendor bought this car in the States in 1994 and restored it over there. The history file is huge, certificate of title from the Commonwealth of Virginia plus a British heritage certificate. The interior is in condition 1, all new leather etc. Mechanically, we are told she is very good, so is the hood and sidescreens with it you have an excellent tonneau cover, no rust, but I would say the paintwork is in condition 2. PS did you know, the tool boxes underneath the bonnet were surplus ammunition boxes.

Available for viewing by appointment.

Estimated sale price: £9,000-10,000

Condition: 2

  • Reg number: TSY894
  • Date of registration:1952
  • Mileage: 82,500 (not warranted)
  • MOT: No
  • Tax: No

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Additional information on the MG TD Sports#

“The 1950 TD Midget combined the TC’s drivetrain, a modified hypoid-geared rear axle, the MG Y-type chassis, a familiar T-type style body and independent suspension using coil springs from the MG Y-type saloon: a 1950 road-test report described as “most striking” the resulting “transformation … in the comfort of riding”. Also lifted from the company’s successful 1¼-litre saloon for the TD was the (still highly-geared) rack and pinion steering. In addition the TD featured smaller 15-inch (380 mm) disc type road wheels, a left-hand drive option and standard equipment bumpers and over-riders. The car was also 5 inches (130 mm) wider with a track of 50 inches (1,300 mm).

Nearly 30,000 TDs had been produced, including about 1700 Mk II models, when the series ended in 1953 with all but 1656 exported, 23,488 of them to the US alone. The main complaint that US owners had with the MG TD sold in the US was the British 12-volt electrical system, which was hard to service when most US cars were still using 6 volts. Also, they had minor complaints over the lack of water temperature and fuel gauges. But in general in surveys, owners of the Americanized MG TD had more positive remarks than negative. 0–60 mph time was 22.7 seconds according to Popular Mechanics.”


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