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 sports car 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. The current owner purchased this 'barn find' TD at Bonhams' Greenwich, Connecticut sale in June 2011 (Lot 380). A rare right-hand drive model, most TDs being built for the US market, '21029' had been stored indoors by the previous owner for the last 40-plus years. Reportedly, this car was delivered new to a US serviceman stationed in Tokyo. Although needing a complete restoration, it is a good candidate; the original matching-number engine turns freely and the chassis frame is solid, though there is some rust evident in the body tub. A complete set of side screen frames is included, as is the original owner's manual, factory shop repair manual and restoration manual. MG's charismatic T-series sports cars remain as popular as ever, and almost any part is available from specialist providers.