1952 MG Midget TD Roadster, Chassis no. TD/16428 Engine no. Y11704HE
Lot 362
1952 MG Midget TD Roadster, Chassis no. TD/16428 Engine no. Y11704HE
£12,000 - 15,000
US$ 20,000 - 25,000
Lot Details
1952 MG Midget TD Roadster

Registration no. 328 YUT
Chassis no. TD/16428
Engine no. Y11704HE

Footnotes

  • '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.

    A runaway sales success with some 30,000 sold, the TD is, paradoxically, rare in the UK as most went for export to earn vital foreign currency, including this left-hand drive example. The car was restored 20 years ago in the course of which the original engine was exchanged for a more modern Triumph Herald 948cc unit. Finished in black with red vinyl interior, the latter in need of improvement, '328 YUT' is described as in generally good condition, starting readily and driving well with just a little smoke. The car was fitted with new tyres earlier this year. Offered with Swansea V5 document.
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