1953 MG TD

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1953
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    TD25612
  • Lot number 
    3
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    118 PS / 87 kW / 117 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Canadian car
Older restoration, but still in a very good running condition
One of ca. 1.700 mk II cars built in the last production year
Eligible for Le Mans Classic, Tour Auto and many more events
Rare to find a LHD example in the continental Europe
XPAG engine
Other features: possibility of assisting with transport, storage and Trusted Checkout payment

MG’s TC roadster sold well initially and proved American demand for an English sports car, but the car’s right-hand-drive configuration and 1930s specifications meant it was ripe for a redesign by 1950. In response, Syd Enever and Alec Hounslow took two weeks in 1949 to strip a four-seat Y-Type Tourer and shorten the chassis five inches. Just like that, the MG TD roadster was born.

The TD also carried a few modifications aimed at the U.S. market. Specifically, left-hand drive was offered, along with rack-and-pinion steering, smaller, 15-inch steel disc wheels (no wire wheels were offered), and larger bumpers. In turn, the car was wider and 200 pounds heavier than the TC. Keeping with its predecessor, the TD’s weather protection was minimal.

The MG TD still used the 55 PS, 1,250-cc XPAG inline-four motor to reach a top speed in the mid-70 mph range. The TD’s modifications conspired with a newly devalued British pound to make the TD an unqualified success and 29,664 were sold in four years - three times the TC production. More than 80% of that figure were imported to the U.S.

In the middle of 1951, the TD received a new engine block and sump, as well as a larger clutch and a new flywheel, and this iteration is now commonly referred to as the TD2. MG also manufactured 1,710 TD Mk IIs. The Mk II held 5.5 percent more horsepower (and a top speed of 83 mph), thanks to increased compression ratio and bigger valves. Additional friction dampers, badging, a bulge over the carburetors, and chrome grill bars also differentiated the model.

In general, the MG T-Series delivers a pure 1940s / early 1950s British driving experience, and the TD is no exception. Its mechanicals are robust and mostly easy to source, which makes ownership relatively straightforward. The cars were designed for weekly maintenance, however, so it is essential that everything is greased and oiled before putting one on the road.

This car was imported to Europe from Canada. The car has undergone a restoration and although the restoration is older, the car is still in a very good condition and runs great.