Lot C544


1952 MG TD LHD
Reg. no. LSL 751
Chassis no. TD/22548
Engine no. 17359
The MG TD was launched in 1950, combining the familiar T-Series body style with the chassis and suspension of the new Y-Type saloon. This meant that for the first time, the T had independent front suspension, and contemporary road tests called the improvement in comfort as ‘striking’. The engine was carried over from the TC, this being the excellent and highly tuneable 1250cc XPAG unit, and providing 54.5bhp. The four-speed gearbox was new, while the TD also gained the rack-and-pinion steering setup from the Y-Type saloon. The TD was designed very much with the US market in mind – the TC had sold very well there, despite never being made in left-hand-drive – and all but 1656 of the nearly 30,000 made were exported, most to the US.
The first owner of this car is understood to have been a US serviceman in Europe when he purchased this car; he then took it back with him to the States. It returned to these shores in 2000, and the vendor purchased it in March 2001. It is the vendor’s understanding that he is only the car’s third owner, after the original owner and the person who imported it to the UK. Around 15 years ago the original 4-speed gearbox was replaced with a Ford 5-speed unit – a common conversion that makes these cars much nicer to drive in modern traffic. The car is in presentable all-round condition, but is currently a non-runner due to an issue on cylinder number two; the car is offered with a fully rebuilt spare engine, and a variety of parts, new hood etc. It also comes with a V5C and various handbooks.

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£8,000 - 12,000

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