1953 MG TD


  • Presented in fantastic condition 
  • Extensively restored in 2009 
  • Recently overhauled stage-2 engine 


 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.

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  • UK Registered 17th August 1953 
  • Original UK right-hand drive model 
  • V5c present 
  • 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 
  • Green logbook 
  • 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 
  • Well-presented brightwork 
  • 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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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1953
  • Make MG
  • Model TD
  • Colour Ivory
  • Odometer 94,542 Miles
  • Engine size 1250
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Plymouth
  • Location Devon
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
22 bids
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  • jefglev•••• £12,500 20/09/23
  • carolfa•••• £12,250 20/09/23
  • DenDrew £11,750 20/09/23

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