MG Midget TD Roadster 1952

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Lot 399
MG Midget TD Roadster 1952

Sold for € 17,250 (US$ 19,252) inc. premium
MG Midget TD Roadster 1952
Châssis n° TD/14203

•Ayant fait partie de la collection Nespoli
•Direction à gauche
•Autrefois restaurée
•Proposée avec ses documents d'immatriculation italiens annulés

"La Midget est le dernier exemple de ce que doit être, dans l'esprit de beaucoup de gens, une petite voiture sportive. Elle répond aux attentes de ceux pour qui la voiture n'est pas un moyen, mais un but en soi. Plusieurs milliers de ces petites voitures réussissent admirablement à procurer à leur propriétaire la possibilité d'aller faire leurs courses, de participer à des manifestations sportives importantes ou d'entreprendre avec entrain un trajet de 600 km." – The Autocar, 15 mai 1953.

L'avant-dernière Midget des séries T, la TD, fut lancée en 1949. Plus grande que ses prédécesseurs, elle devait beaucoup à sa contemporaine, la berline Type Y, dont elle reprenait une version modifiée et plus étroite du châssis caisson ; ce dernier supportait une toute nouvelle carrosserie, plus habitable que la précédente mais qui conservait l'allure classique des traditionnelles MG sportives. Son quatre-cylindres éprouvé, le XPAG de 1 250 cm3, était lui aussi reconduit. Cette parenté avec la berline était tout sauf un handicap, car la Type Y était d'une conception plus récente et plus avancée que la Midget TC et était dotée de roues avant indépendantes et d'une direction à crémaillère. Bien que très traditionnelle dans son aspect et dans sa méthode de construction, la caisse de la TD offrait à ses occupants bien davantage de largeur aux coudes que la TC. La TD, produite jusqu'en 1953, fut un grand succès commercial, avec quelque 30 000 exemplaires vendus.

Cette adorable TD direction à gauche fit pendant plusieurs années partie de la collection Nespoli. Autrefois restaurée, très attirante dans sa livrée ivoire avec intérieur rouge foncé, cette voiture est proposée avec ses documents d'immatriculation italiens annulés.

1952 MG Midget TD Roadster
Chassis no. TD/14203

•Formerly part of the Nespoli collection
•Left-hand drive
•An older restoration
•Offered with (cancelled) Italian registration documents

'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 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. Produced until 1953, the TD was a runaway sales success with some 30,000 sold.
This charming left-hand drive TD resided for many years in the Nespoli collection. An older restoration, attractively finished in ivory with dark red interior, the car is offered with cancelled Italian registration documents.
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