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description parameters bid comments
  • 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
  • All documents were checked and the car was photographed personally by Auctomobile
  • Other features: possibility of assisting with registration, transport, insurance, storage and Trusted Checkout payment
  • Please note that this car will be available for viewing by prior appointment near Pisek, Czech Republic

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.

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Model

Production date1953
Body TypeRoadster
Engine1.250 ccm, 55 PS, I4
transmissionManual
SteeringLeft Hand Drive
LayoutRear Wheel Drive
Color - exteriorRed
Color - interiorBlack
Miles/Kilometers shown18.561 mls
Chassis / VINTD25612
Location - CountryCzech Rep.
Location - CityPisek

Notes

• 2-door roadster body type; • RWD (rear- wheel drive), manual 4-speed gearbox; • gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 1250 cm3, advertised power: 40.6 kW / 54 hp / 55 PS ( brake ), torque: 86.6 Nm; • characteristic dimensions: outside length: 3683 mm, width: 1489 mm, wheelbase: 2388 mm; • reference weights: base curb weight: 914 kg; • top speed: 129 km/h (80 mph) (declared by factory); • accelerations: 0-60 mph 20.6 s; 0-100 km/h 22.6 s

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