Lot 223 - 1951 MG TD

Lot 223 - 1951 MG TD

Lot 223 - 1951 MG TD

Lot Number 223
Registration 51-C-40002
Estimate £15,000 - £20,000
Result Sold - £7,000

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 overriders. The car was also five inches wider with a track of 50 inches. In 1950, the TD Mk. II was introduced 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 TD's had been produced, including some 1,700 Mk. II models.  When the series ended in 1953, all but 1,656 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.

This lovely example of a 1951 TD, presented in red with black, was imported some years ago into Ireland as a very good re-built car. Lefthand drive including a five speed gearbox conversion which, as the vendor explains, enables this 1350cc engine to keep up with modern day traffic without over-stretching. It has been re-sprayed with lots of money lavished on her in recent years, this is a very sound example of these plucky open tourers and is offered with a brand new hood fitted for the new potential owner.

Offered with an Irish log book a new owner would need to re apply for a V5 registration for the UK roads, but we feel this little cracker may end up further afield unless you can tie her down!

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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