1950 MG TD

Highlights


  • Restored and well cared for since
  • A remarkably clean example
  • Huge history file
  • Original RHD example

The Appeal


Offering attractive vintage styling alongside welcome postwar performance, the MG TD is full of character with all the flair of a traditional British sports car. 

MGs proved hugely popular with US servicemen stationed in Britain during WWII, so sales of these nippy two-seaters boomed across the pond in the years after the war. A letter from a previous owner tells us that this car was exported to America by its first owner, but it has since been reimported, restored and lovingly maintained. 

The TD offered here benefits from the addition of a 5-speed gearbox, allowing for relaxed touring at motorway speeds. It has had a full engine rebuild and rear axle refurbishment within the past four years, so is ready to be used as intended.

The History and Paperwork


  • Reportedly exported to the USA by first owner
  • Reimported to the UK in 1990
  • Full restoration
  • Details of restoration set out in letter from previous owner
  • MoT and Road Tax exempt 
  • MG Car Club magazine cover feature

The Interior


  • Retrimmed in maroon
  • Leather nicely broken in
  • Adjustable seat backrest

The distinctive sweeping curve of the leather trimmed dashboard, wooden rimmed steering wheel, and low-cut doors combine to produce a wonderful driving experience . 

The seats were retrimmed during the car’s restoration and have now had just enough use to produce that warm glow of patina that can’t be imitated. 

Sidescreens and a sturdy canvas hood – newly fitted during restoration – provide full weather protection, with individual MG cloth bags provided for storage of the screens when not in use. They remain clear and usable, with the usual age related minor scratches present.   

The Exterior 


  • Excellent paintwork
  • Canvas hood 
  • Side screens present and correct

A full restoration was carried out in the late 1990s, during which the car was stripped down to the bare chassis, repainted and rebuilt from the ground up. This process is all set out in great detail in a letter from the owner who completed it. 

The paintwork remains in excellent condition, with only some minor blistering reported on the running boards. A new front bumper was fitted during the restoration, as well as new door hinges and various items of chromework which still shine as they should.

Underneath, it is evident that this car has been driven and enjoyed, but this is entirely to be expected: how could anyone resist taking a car like this for a spin around the English countryside on a sunny summer’s afternoon? In all, the car remains in great condition. 

The Mechanics 


  • Very clean engine bay
  • 5-speed gearbox
  • Recently rebuilt engine and rear axle 

The comprehensive history file details the full extent of mechanical work undertaken during the car’s restoration. From this it would appear that no stone was left unturned. A list of these works can be seen in the accompanying photographs. This included a full overhaul of the engine, drive train, chassis, steering, suspension, brakes and auxiliaries.  

More recently work has been undertaken by the current owner, who states that the engine and rear axle have been rebuilt within the past four years. 

A 5-speed Moss gearbox has been fitted, which allows for a much more pleasant driving experience on motorways and dual carriageways. 

Summary


A fine example of a classically proportioned British sports car, which has undergone a full restoration and has continued to be used and lovingly maintained since. 

This car will certainly provide years of enjoyment and reliable running. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1950
  • Make MG
  • Model TD
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 13,748 Miles
  • Engine size 1250
  • Town Faringdon
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
22 bids
  • brigand•••• £18,000 15/08/22
  • bernard•••• £17,750 15/08/22
  • brigand•••• £17,500 15/08/22
  • david-b•••• £17,000 15/08/22
  • brigand•••• £16,750 15/08/22
  • beni-ma•••• £16,250 15/08/22
  • brigand•••• £16,000 15/08/22
  • Underst•••• £15,750 15/08/22
  • brigand•••• £15,500 15/08/22
  • bernard•••• £15,000 15/08/22

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