<b>1951 MG TD  </b><br />Chassis no. 9640 EXL/NA <br />Engine no. XPAG/9994
Lot 175
1951 MG TD

Without reserve
Sold for US$ 20,900 inc. premium
Lot Details
1951 MG TD

Chassis no. 9640 EXL/NA
Engine no. XPAG/9994

1,250cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
55bhp at 5,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Meticulously restored example of MG's classic sports car
*Period correct color combination
*Proven XPAG twin-carburetor engine
*Classic British roadster styling
*Great collector car for shows or twisty roads



The T Series MG

"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, upon which sat an all-new body - roomier than before but retaining the classic looks of the traditional MG sports car and the proven 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 compared to that of the TC. It became the 'gateway drug' for an entire generation of sports car enthusiasts and became a staple of early post-war American sports car racing competition.


The Motorcar Offered

Produced in the fall of 1951, this sporting MG TD was delivered new to the United States, a left hand drive example with miles per hour speedometer. A very thorough restoration has been performed at some point, and it is apparent upon close inspection that the work carried out was done to a very high and factory correct standard. Presented in the correct MG TD color of Sequoia Cream with a beautifully matching green interior, this TD looks just like it might have during a lovely picnic at Watkins Glen or Bridgehampton. It is fitted with period correct Michelin tires, the correct Lucas headlights and beautiful Jaeger instruments. A very nicely restored example, this is the car that introduced many American enthusiasts to European sports cars, and surely must of one of the best examples available for purchase today.
Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note this vehicle is titled with chassis no. 9640.
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