Lot 384 - 1953 MG TD MkII
|Odometer reading||89,476 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £15,000|
The 1950 MG TD 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. Also new were rack and pinion steering, smaller 15-inch disc type road wheels, a lefthand drive option and standard equipment bumpers with over-riders. The car was also five inches wider with a track of 50 inches. In 1950, the TD Mk. II was introduced, produced alongside the standard car, featuring a more highly tuned engine with 8.0:1 compression ratio giving 57bhp at 5500rpm. It also featured twin fuel pumps, revised dampers, and a higher rear-axle ratio. Nearly 30,000 MG TDs had been produced, including some 1,700 Mk. II models. When the series ended in 1953, all but 1656 were exported with 23,488 of them to the United States. An example tested by 'The Motor' magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 77mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 18.2 seconds. In 1998, the rights, intellectual properties and trademarks associated with the production of MG TD were acquired by TD Cars in Malaysia to reproduce the TD series as TD2000.
This particular example was originally exported to the United States and was repatriated in July 2010. Having never been registered in the UK, the import certificate is available and therefore registration within the European Community is quite straightforward. The vendor has carried out a number of significant enhancements to the MG, fitting a new hood, carpets, bumpers in addition to some coachwork improvements. Finished in Maroon with beige leather trim, this Lefthand drive example would be a sure crowd pleaser at any event lucky enough to have it.
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