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  • One of only 67 Arnolt-MG coupés ever produced
  • Italian coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone
  • Retains original 15" Borrani steel spoke wheels with winglets
  • Imported into Italy in 2015 with all taxes fully paid
  • Accompanied by a rich collection of documents, invoices and the original owner's manual

The Attractions

The Arnolt-MG coupe is a fascinating hybrid, combining British mechanics and Italian coachwork, destined to be sold in the United States. Chicago entrepreneur Stanley H. 'Wacky' Arnolt began importing foreign cars into the United States in the 1950s. This 1953 MG TD Arnolt is one of only 67 ever produced and features an elegant body designed by Bertone mounted on an MG TD chassis.

This car was kept with great care, received extensive attention in the early 2000s and was subsequently imported to Italy in 2015. It is distinguished by a light brown colour scheme over a black interior and under the bonnet houses a 1,250 cm³ inline-four XPAG engine equipped with twin SU carburettors.

The car is located in Rome, all import taxes have been fully paid and we have been informed that the necessary documents to re-register the car are present.

History and Documents

  • Produced in 1953 and exported with North American specifications (EXLNA) on 8 April 1953
  • Shipped on the SS Joliette and received in Chicago on 16 November 1953
  • Ship's records show that this Arnolt 278 coupe was shipped on SS Joliette along with Arnolt 275, 276, 279, 281, 282 and 284 coupes, and 283 convertible and received in Chicago on 16 November 1953
  • Purchased from Robins Imported Motors and delivered in May 1954, (invoice 1514)
  • Imported into Italy in 2015 with all import taxes fully paid
  • The car comes with a wealth of documents and invoices and has the original owner's manual
  • The car is accompanied by CRS (Certificate of Historical Significance) ASI

The Condition

  • Steel bodywork by Bertone with aluminium bonnet, tailgate and doors
  • The bodywork is painted in light brown and upon closer inspection reveals some paint chipping, scratches and imperfections, there is no noticeable damage. The undercoats reveal traces of corrosion
  • All chrome parts are in good shape and free of obvious defects
  • Exterior features include rear deflectors, Bertone badges, retractable door handles and additional Marchal headlights
  • 15-inch spoked wheels with Borrani steel winglets
  • A three-spoke Bluemel steering wheel frames the dashboard that houses Jaeger instrumentation, which includes a tachometer with a 6k rpm scale with an analogue clock, speedometer and auxiliary instruments inside
  • The black upholstery is in excellent condition
  • We have been informed that the tyres will need to be replaced

The Mechanics

  • Powered by a 1,250 cm³ in-line four-cylinder XPAG engine
  • Equipped with twin SU carburettors
  • Equipped with a four-speed gearbox
  • The electrical system is fully functional and we have been informed that headlights, wipers and indicators work properly
  • Four drum brakes
  • We have been informed that the braking system will need to be overhauled
  • A standard-sized spare wheel is stowed in the luggage compartment
  • The engine may need tuning

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1953
  • Make MG
  • Model Coupe
  • Colour Beige
  • Odometer 99,999 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1250
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Rome
  • Location International
  • Country Italy

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