1952 MG TD
Mileage: >6,000 (since restoration)
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Tan
Body Style: Roadster
Drive Type: RWD
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MG stands for Morris Garages. Owned by William Morris, the firm started modifying standard Morris Cowleys by lowering the chassis and fitting more sporting body work in the early 1920s.
During the 1930s MG became synonymous with the term “sports car” and was raced quite successfully with the motto “Safety Fast.” In 1935 Morris was forced to sell his private companies, including MG, to Morris Motors owned by Lord Nuffield.
The MG Midget sport cars produced from 1939 to 1955 are known as the MG Series T-Type Midget. Production started with the MG TA in 1936, followed by the MG TB with production interrupted in 1939 by WWII.
Production resumed with the MG TC after the war ended in 1945. From 1945 until 1949 some 10,000 MG TCs were produced. The MG TD was introduced in 1949 and stayed in production until 1953. About 50,000 MG TDs were produced. The MG T series ended production with the MG TF in 1955.
This beautiful example clearly shows the lasting benefit of a quality restoration displaying the wonderful patina that comes loving care. Purchased disassembled by the former owner in 1977, restoration was completed in 1984 and took a third in class award at the Santa Barbara Concours d’Elegance. It was driven and maintained by the same owner until May of 2016 and still drives like a fresh restoration.
All records and receipts accompany the car along with many of the original parts replaced during the restoration. Painted with about 15 coats of hand rubbed lacquer, the paint still has a deep, rich luster with only minor blemishes evident. The engine has benefited from a mild 3/4 cam and the original, numbers matching, block is bored 0.010 over stock to give this MG TD lots of zip. In April of 2016 the car received a steering rack re-seal and complete brake job including braided stainless steel brake hoses, new master and wheel cylinders and brake shoes. This little jewel just begs to be driven along the beach or your favorite back road for a picnic or club rally.
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