1953 MG TD


  • Owned by the last family from February 1974 until recently
  • Painstakingly restored during the late mid-1970s and carefully maintained ever since
  • Accompanied by a substantial history file spanning the last fifty years
  • Benefits from copious recent expenditure

The Appeal

In a cash-strapped post-war economy, MG continued evolving its 1930s designs until the mid-1950s when the thoroughly modern MGA was finally unveiled. However, that’s not to say their later T-type cars were lacking - when quite the opposite was true. The MG ‘TC’, ‘TD’ and ‘TF’ took all that’s great about pre-war MGs and significantly improved upon the car’s performance, handling and usability. 
Here we have a charming example of the TD, which was produced between 1950 and 1953. Ammefictionately dubbed “Emily”, it was owned by the same family from 1973 until recently, undergoing an extensive restoration in the mid-seventies and enjoying regular use ever since. The previous registered keeper compiled an extensive history file which chronicles the car’s whole life. 
For those seeking a fantastic example that’s been cherished like a member of the family, this is the one for you.

The History and Paperwork

  • Exempt from road tax and MOT testing
  • Accompanied by a substantial history file documenting the car’s whole life and with paperwork dating back about fifty years
  • Buff log book, photos of the car dating back to the 70's, a letter from a previous owner in London accompany the car along with a large stack of servicing invoices detailing maintenance over the years
  • Engine Number: XPAC/TD2/26972
  • First registered in Brighton on 5th May 1953
  • The second owner lived in Hampton, Middlesex and the third in Regent’s Park, London NW1
  • The Fourth registered keeper, a Mr J.P. Clampin acquired it on 17th February 1974 and set about restoring the car as it was in poor condition
  • The restoration was completed in April 1978
  • After the death of J.P. Clampin in 1981, the car remained in the family until recently and has continued to be used over the years

The Condition

  • The 1978 restoration is still holding up well an the car has accrued a gentle patina
  • The cream paintwork is still very smart overall, with just a few small blemishes 
  • No notable wear or deterioration the the red upholstery
  • Bucket seats fitted at some point in the car’s early life
  • The controls and instruments present beautifully
  • The folding canvas hood presents well and operates correctly
  • Side screens and tonneau cover present and in good condition
  • OEM steel wheels recently re-shod with Michelin tyres
  • All appears straight and solid underneath

The Mechanics 

  • XPAG 1,250 cc four-cylinder engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Benefits from copious recent expenditure on mechanical work and tuning
  • The vendor comments that it runs and drives very well with no apparent issues


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A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1953
  • Make MG
  • Model TD
  • Colour Beige
  • Odometer 16,078 Miles
  • Engine size 1250
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Wirral
  • Location Merseyside
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • pa•••• £17,000 05/03/24
  • be•••• £16,500 05/03/24
  • Lo•••• £16,161 05/03/24
  • be•••• £15,500 05/03/24
  • be•••• £15,000 05/03/24
  • Lo•••• £14,551 05/03/24
  • be•••• £13,833 05/03/24
  • Lo•••• £13,333 05/03/24
  • be•••• £12,500 05/03/24
  • Lo•••• £11,755 04/03/24
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