MGs vintage, lightweight ‘T-Type’ roadsters were a definitive British car that provided vintage style with more modern mechanics. The TD Midget was the third variant of the T Type series, produced from 1950-1953 offering stunning prewar looks and an open-top driving experience that provided both comfort and thrill.
With many T-types produced for the American market, a UK-registered, genuine right-hand drive example like this example is a rare sight. Presented in excellent condition thanks to an extensive restoration in 2009 and a recent mechanical overhaul in its cherished current ownership, this MG TD is a gorgeous display of vintage British engineering that has been recommissioned to a very high standard.
Reported to be in great running condition, this TD is equipped with a Stage-2 tuned 1250cc engine, with an increased compression ratio and New Newman ‘fast-road’ camshaft and followers. In addition, an array of new and refurbished components have been fitted to ensure optimal performance.
Accompanied by several large folders of paperwork, including receipts and invoices for mechanical components as well as the restoration in 2009, this MG TD is a wonderful example of the increasingly popular MG T-type and a great opportunity for anyone looking to enjoy and experience the joys of MG’s classic roadster straight away.
THE HISTORY & PAPERWORK
UK Registered 17th August 1953
Original UK right-hand drive model
Only three previous owners
Current ownership since 2020
Originally grey with red upholstery
Extensively restored in 2009 by Tim Kelly MG Specialists
Resprayed period correct ‘Pale Ivory’
Invoices for restoration present
Owner-documented log for mechanical work undertaken by themselves
Hundreds of receipts and invoices for engine overhaul in current ownership
Additional invoices from previous ownership also present
Past MOT certificates present
Now MOT & Tax exempt
MG workshop manual
Photographs of engine overhaul
Charming pre-war style
Retro race car feel
Well-presented with light patina
Green leather seats in very good condition
Only very light signs of use on seats
Matching vinyl door cards
Original dashboard with light patina
New instrument panel
Mechanical clock not operational
All other switches and instruments are reported to be operational
Green carpets in great condition
Tonneau cover included
Rear storage for side screens
Stunning roadster with unique vintage allure
Charming, attention-grabbing appearance
Attractive colour combination
Pale Ivory paint in good condition
Light stone chips
New black folding roof in great condition
Reconditioned side screens in good condition
Stainless steel luggage rack
The chassis is clean, painted and solid
Stainless steel sports exhaust
Solid steel construction with no damage
Tonneau cover provided
Steel wheels with hubcaps
Recently overhauled engine
1250cc XPAG inline-4
Stage-2 tune with large valves, increased compression ratio and evidence of being lightened and balanced internally
New Newan ‘fast road’ camshaft and followers
4-speed manual gearbox
New bearings and 3rd/4th gear synchro hub fitted
Independent front suspension
New suspension bushes throughout
Rack & pinion steering
Re-cored radiator and electric fan with manual override
New bearings & seals fitted in the rear axle New clutch and operating linkage
New brake master cylinder
Alloy rocker cover
Polished carburettor pancake filters
Reported to be in excellent running condition. However, some gearstick noise due to a slightly worn remote control, which readily stops with a well placed resting left knee.
An attractive, ready-to-use example of the desirable and sought-after MG TD. Benefiting from specialist MG restoration and then further, recent mechanical recommissioning, this UK-registered TD has recently returned from a tour of Brittany, France where it performed exemplary and provided unforgettable fun, thrills and memories. A stunning car that's not to be missed.
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1953 MG TD
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