MG TD 1953 Model

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MG TD 1953 Model

450,000.00

Price : R450000-00

The MG T series is a range of body-on-frame open two-seater sports cars with very little weather protection that were produced by MG from 1936 to 1955. The series included the MG TAMG TBMG TCMG TD, and MG TF Midget models. The last of these models, the TF, was replaced by the MGA.

In 1949 a small group of MG leaders, headed by John Thornley, got together to try to create a car that was acceptable to the North American marketplace while at the same time would limit the investment of the Nuffield Organization. Clearly it would be impossible to completely create a new car, not only from a financial point but from a timing standpoint as well. What was needed was a little of the old, sprinkled with a little of the new. Another key factor was to borrow or incorporate features found in other Nuffield cars of the time that were more up to date than the MGTC.

The first model set the stage for what the TD was. Because of the short amount of time from the inception of the TD to the delivery of the first cars, not everything was quite as the MG Car Company would have liked it. In fact they were still making TCs on the production line when the first TDs were being produced.

They discarded the TC's frame because it was to light and not rigid enough. They found what they wanted in the Y types. A small modification to the frame was to have it sweep over the rear axle rather than under. This gave them more travel in the rear springs so they could increase the damping. In addition they adopted rack and pinion steering and front coil springs and wishbones. This and the change in rear end suspension allowed for a smoother ride and better handling than the MGTC. One of the major changes was to reduce the wheel size from 19 inches to 15 inches and increase the tire width.

The biggest change that people notice about the MGTD from the MGTC is the lack of wire wheels. As part of the Nuffield cost cutting challenge the more expensive wire wheels of former T-Series cars were replaced by solid steel wheels.

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During its four-year production run, the TD experienced even more success than its predecessor. Just like the TC, many of the TD Midgets were exported to the United States.

The example that we have for sale is an original Body Type // 22381 with the Body No // 26788/3980 original body plate still intact.

The car had a nut and bolt restoration ten years ago and is still in superb condition. The interior is still practically brand new and in exceptional condition. The car has recently had the soft top replaced with a brand new one. The original steel solid rims are showing absolutely no signs of wear and tear and are blemish free.   

The paint is dark green and the interior is equipped with beige leather upholstery. Since the restoration was completed, little has been done with this English classic, so it is still in very good condition. The matching numbers 1250cc engine with manual gearbox make this right-hand drive MG TD run well and easily. In short, this MG TD is a very good condition convertible that is ready for an MG enthusiast. 

In general, the MG T-Series delivers a pure 1940s / early 1950s British driving experience, and the TD is no exception. Its mechanical s are robust and mostly easy to source, which makes ownership relatively straightforward.         

Model:                    1953         
Transmission type: Manual             
Vehicle colour:       Green  
Mileage:                 20600 Miles                            
Interior colour:       Beige
Number of doors:  Two Doors         
Convertible:           Yes     
Driver side:            Right Hand Side             
Fuel:                       Petrol     
Motor size (CC):    12500cc 
Owner's Manual:    No        
Service History:     Partial

Price : R450000-00