1952 MG Midget TD Roadster  Chassis no. TD29560
Lot 612
1952 MG Midget TD Roadster
Sold for £18,000 (US$ 24,422) inc. premium

Lot Details
1952 MG Midget TD Roadster  Chassis no. TD29560 1952 MG Midget TD Roadster  Chassis no. TD29560 1952 MG Midget TD Roadster  Chassis no. TD29560
1952 MG Midget TD Roadster
Registration no. DCN 386
Chassis no. TD29560
*The penultimate 'T'-series Midget
*First restored in the 1980s
*Extensive further restoration in 2012/2013
*Present ownership for five years

Footnotes

  • The penultimate 'T'-series Midget - the TD - appeared in 1949. Its TC predecessor had proved an enormous success, particularly in the United States, but by 1948 it had become obvious that something more modern would be required to keep MG competitive. 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. Thus the TD became the first MG sports car to benefit from these advances. 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. The latter's vulnerability to the cut and thrust of urban parking in the USA had demonstrated the desirability of sturdy bumpers, which duly graced the TD. Immensely successful, the TD was produced in greater numbers than any of the other T-Series Midgets, in excess of 29,000 leaving the factory between 1949 and 1953.

    This delightful TD was built at the Abingdon Works in late 1952 and restored in the late 1980s. The current vendor purchased the car at Bonhams' Oxford sale in March 2012 (Lot 331A) and treated it to further extensive refurbishment later that same year. Works carried out include an engine rebuild (re-bore, new, pistons, valves, etc); replacing the floor; rebuilding the radiator; and fitting a new hood and tonneau. In addition, the chassis and body were restored; a re-spray carried out (in 2013); and the seats re-upholstered. Finished in red with maroon leather interior, this charming MG Midget is offered with sundry restoration invoices and a V5C registration document.
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