1953 MG TD LHD


  • Stunning restoration
  • Body-off rebuild in 2014
  • Lived in Spain for several years
  • Retrimmed interior


Immediately after World War Two, Britain’s economic mantra was ‘Export or Die’, and it was the car industry that led that export drive – somewhat ironic considering that in modern Britain we import 10 times as many cars as we export. 

One of the big export success stories was MG, whose T-Series sports cars made a massive impact in the USA. The pre-war TA and TB and immediate post-war TC and TD were extremely popular with US servicemen stationed in the UK, so when they went home they often took their cars with them. On the back of that, a fruitful export market opened up, upon which MG was quick to capitalise. Of the 29,900 TDs made, only 1,656 stayed in the UK with almost 24,000 of the export models going to the USA. 

The TD was introduced in 1950 and while it used the same wooden frame and separate chassis of the TC Midget, it employed the front steering and suspension set-up from the Y-Type saloon, which made it a far more agile car to drive, while power came from the same 1,250cc XPAG engines as the previous model – not fast, but surprisingly tractable and lively. 

The TD was also achingly pretty, as this beautifully restored example testifies. Like most TDs it began life overseas and is left-hand-drive, having spent much of its recent life in Spain before coming back to the UK in 2018. 

It was treated to a body-off rebuild in 2014 and is in lovely order, with a retrimmed cabin.


  • UK V5C
  • Tax, MOT and ULEZ exempt
  • MG TD Owners Operation Manual
  • Was previously owned in Spain by current owner and reimported in 2018
  • Old Spanish registration plates
  • Show programmes and rally plaques from various events the car attended in Spain
  • Invoices and receipts from Spanish classic car specialists in late 2000s
  • Full restored in Spain nine years ago
  • Photos of full restoration in progress
  • Old photographs of previous owners and car at events
  • Journal documenting the car’s life in Spain, handwritten by owner
  • Matching engine and chassis numbers
  • Originally a US car, complete with New England MG T-register badges on badge bar


  • Seats retrimmed in bold red leather
  • Matching refurbished red door cards
  • Steering wheel also bound in red leather material
  • Gorgeous art-deco dash
  • Smart black carpets with tailored dark red over-mats
  • Restored MG Motor Company kick plates
  • Lovely overall order


  • Repainted in smart original black
  • Tan coloured hood and all-weather equipment
  • Body-off restoration, rebuilt onto restored and comprehensively rust-proofed chassis
  • No signs of any evident underbody corrosion
  • Refurbished steel wheels in smart Ivory colour scheme
  • All chrome and brightwork in good, largely preserved and original order
  • Very smart pain finish with no obvious damage or defects


  • 1,250cc XPAG engine
  • Original engine
  • Starts and runs very well indeed
  • Completely rewired at the time of the car’s rebuild
  • Unleaded head conversion


The TD is arguably the best compromise among the MG XPAG cars, with the improved comfort and durability of the later TF models but retaining the classic appeal of the earlier models – a pre-war car in many respects, but one that enjoyed massive post-war success. 

Lively, fun and frugal, they’re hugely enjoyable cars to own and surprisingly easy to still get parts for thanks to a global network of specialists. This one is a lovely example, ready to use, show and enjoy, and with a great documented story of its recent past in the care of an owner who has truly loved it. 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1953
  • Make MG
  • Model TD
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 97,677 Miles
  • Engine size 1250
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ormskirk
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom

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