Produced from 1936 to 1955, MGs vintage, lightweight ‘T-Type’ roadsters were a definitive British car that proved hugely successful both in Britain and over in the states.
Exceptionally styled, the TD Midget was the third variant of the T Type series, which used its predecessor the Type Cs drivetrain, independent suspension and a 1250cc inline-4 engine. Its prewar design and classic aura helped ignite a romance between American and British sports cars, with many of the roadsters produced shipped across the Atlantic to the sun-baked states such as California and Arizona, which is exactly where this gorgeous TD variant spent the majority of its days before being purchased and brought to the UK in 2013.
The dry environment of the West Coast resulted in a well-survived, corrosion-free chassis and body, providing an exceptional foundation for extensive work to be carried out. This work included a complete engine rebuild, including a crankshaft oil seal upgrade and a right-hand drive conversion. Just under £11,000 has been spent recommissioning the car ensuring originality where possible.
This is an excellent example of MGs vintage roadster presented well with some patina, it benefits from large expenditure and as such would make a wonderful classic for any enthusiast or collector to enjoy.
THE HISTORY & PAPERWORK
Build date 18th December 1950
Registered April 1951 Arizona USA
Purchased in 2013 by the current vendor
Past MOT certificates
An itemised list of parts used for extensive engine recommissioning
Selection of part invoices & receipts
Vermont Agency of Transportation Inspection sticker dated 2003 and 50,570
MG Midget manual
Charming pre-war style
Retro race car vibe
Presented excellently with character adding blemishes
Right-hand drive conversion carried out
Custom-made rosewood dash
Red vinyl seats in fantastic condition
Matching vinyl door cards
Original dial and instruments professionally overhauled
Recent carpets installed
New original style steering wheel installed
Clock not operational
Tonneau cover included
Interior of the roof free from damage
Floor panels replaced with Sadolin preservative-treated plywood
Stunning roadster with 1930s allure
Gorgeous colour combination
Red paint in good condition with some patina forming
New tan double duck all weather hood & side screens
Chrome work in great condition
Trims and lights in excellent condition
Rear luggage rack
Rear-mounted spare wheel
Small paint defect on the nearside wing
Free from dents or scrapes
Ash bulkhead in good condition
The chassis is rust-free and painted in black enamel
1250cc XPAG inline-4
Reported to be in good running order
Extensive engine rebuild
Maintains good oil pressure
No oil burn reported
No gearbox whine
New wiring loom fitted
Brake system was recently checked and overhauled
2,250 miles covered since the engine rebuild
MOT carried out 1,011 miles ago
When it comes to open-top, classic sports cars, British manufacturers have always been at the front of the pack, from Jaguars to Bentleys and of course, MGs, romance and enjoyment have been continuously provided, and the TD Midget is a perfect example of just how well the Brits do it.
With an enormous amount of time and money put into this car, this is a wonderful opportunity to own a very loved, no-cost-spared car that will provide miles of fun and memories to last a lifetime.
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1951 MG TD Midget
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