1951 MG TD Midget


  • Dry state US Car
  • RHD conversion 
  • Extensive engine rebuild 


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.


  • Build date 18th December 1950 
  • Registered April 1951 Arizona USA 
  • Purchased in 2013 by the current vendor 
  • V5c present 
  • 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 
  • Suicide doors 
  • 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 
  • 4-speed manual 
  • Reported to be in good running order 
  • Extensive engine rebuild 
  • Well maintained 
  • 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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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1951
  • Make MG
  • Model TD
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 54,244 Miles
  • Engine size 1250
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Dormansland
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom

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