Lot 148 - 1952 MG TD Sports Convertible
|Odometer reading||4,129 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £23,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,600|
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; the 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 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 featured twin fuel pumps, revised dampers, and a higher rear-axle ratio. Nearly 30,000 MG TD's have 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.
Originally coming to us via the warm climate of southern California this example is in simply wonderful condition. It has been owned by the vendor since 2000 and competed in the London to Istanbul challenge. Details of the challenge can be found in the history file and the competitor sticker is still attached to the windshield. Number 33 in the starting order, this MG completed the 20,000 mile, 80 day challenge driven by a father and son duo; testament to the prior restoration that had taken place before their ownership. Today the car presents every bit as well and would likely take on the challenge all over again should a buyer wish, subject to a little preparation of course. Presented in Old English White with contrasting red trim and a near new hood, we believe this to be one of the best on the market which would simply be a joy to own or perhaps even tour in the future.