1952 MG TD
Registration no. MGT-52D (NSW expires 20/9/11)
Chassis no. TD/10469
Engine no. XPAG/TD2/10815
'The Midget is the survival of what, in the opinion of many people, is the right sort of small sports car. It caters for those who look upon motoring not as a means to an end, but as an end in itself. Many thousands of these little cars are succeeding admirably in providing their owners with something that will, at one moment, journey forth and do the shopping and, at the next, take part in serious competitive events or tackle a 400-mile journey with zest.' The Autocar, 15th May 1953.
The penultimate T-Series Midget, the TD appeared in 1949. A larger car than its predecessors, the TD owed much to the contemporary Y-Type saloon, using a narrowed and modified version of the latter's box-frame chassis, on which sat an all-new body roomier than before but retaining the classic looks of the traditional MG sportscar and the well-tried 1,250cc XPAG four-cylinder engine. This saloon parentage was far from a handicap, for the Y-Type was a later and more advanced design than the TC Midget, employing independent front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Although thoroughly traditional both in appearance and its coachbuilt method of construction, the TD body offered greatly increased 'elbow room' to its occupants when compared to that of the TC. From August 1951 a larger clutch was fitted and associated changes made to the flywheel and bell-housing, subsequent cars being known as the TD II.
An excellent example of MG's ever popular TD, this particular car was carefully restored to concours condition by the current Sydney owner. With matching numbers, the car was painstakingly restored back to the original condition, using local specialists and craftsman. The vendor advises the engine was completely rebuilt as part of the work and the car has since been judged at MG Car Club of Sydney Concours d'Elegance events, finishing second in class in both 2008-2009 before taking top honours in 2010. Attractively finished in cream with contrasting green leather, the TD comes with a tool roll, side curtains, tonneau and hood all in first class order. To be sold registered in New South Wales until September 2011.