Same Virginia owner for 35 years
One of 285 MG TDs exported to North America in 1952 out of 10,838 total 1952 models
1.3L XPAG fourcylinder engine #19834
Fourspeed manual transmission
Stunning Red exterior with and red leather interior
Very nice paint, chrome and trim
White folding top and side curtains
Disctype road wheels
The MG TD extended Americas Sports Car craze. This 1952 MG TD has been lovingly cared for by the same Virginia owner for the past 35 years and today it appears as a very stunning TD example
Many servicemen stationed in England fell hard for the MG models they saw, rode in and owned while in Europe. This particular example was built on September 2, 1952 at MGs factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England.
Dressed in MG Red, this cars paint and trim are in overall excellent order, reflecting its previous owners longterm care and the paint shines brilliantly in person. The contrasting white, folding top and side curtains are in good, original condition.
The cars body is straight and solid, its chrome bumperettes and bumper guards along with the trim shine brilliantly, the engine bay is extremely tidy and the battery is in very good order.
Under the bonnet (hood), is MGs 1.3L XPAG fourcylinder OHV engine that appears tidy and overall correct. Backing this motor is a fourspeed manual transmission with the larger, eightinch clutch.
This sports car rolls on Sonic tires, size 165SR15 at all four corners. Each tire is mounted to a disctype road wheel. The wheels are in great condition while the tires are in very good condition. Theres a spare tire and wheel mount on the cars rear end and it appears tidy as well.
Inside, the cars all red leather interior is overall very good order. The red leather seats are in great shape while the black carpeting is in good condition. The classic, threespoke steering wheel with wood rim looks fantastic while the red instrument panel and matching inner door liners are in very good condition. The center console and shifter are in good, original shape, too.
The 1950 TD Midget announced in January 1950 combined the TCs drivetrain, a modified hypoidgeared rear axle, the MG Ytype chassis, a familiar Ttype style body and independent suspension on front axle using coil springs from the MG Ytype saloon: a 1950 roadtest report described as most striking the resulting transformation ... in the comfort of riding. The reference cited here was incorrect to infer the entire drive train was lifted from the TC, as along with the new hypoid differential, a completely different transmission was used (albeit also a fourspeed). Also lifted from the companys successful 1litre saloon was the (still highly geared) rackandpinion steering. In addition, the TD featured smaller 15inch disc type road wheels, a lefthand drive option and standard equipment bumpers and overriders. The car was also five inches wider with a track of 50 inches. It was seen by enthusiasts at the time as a disappointment, mild and not a sports car. . . . the new model is largely designed to consolidate and expand the cars sale in North America. The first TDs were actually built in late 1949.
For the driver the allweather protection was good by the standards of the time. For night driving, instrument illumination was effective but not dazzling, by a pale green lighting effect. There was still no fuel gauge, but the 12 imperial (British) gallons (15 US gallons) of tank capacity gave a range between refueling stops of about 300 miles and a green light on the facia flashed a warning when the fuel level was down to about 2 British gallons (>3 US gallons / >11 litres).
Nearly 30,000 TDs had been produced, including about 1700 Mk II models, when the series ended in 1953 with all but 1656 exported, 23,488 of them to the US alone. The main complaint that US owners had with the MG TD sold in the US was the British 12volt electrical system, which was hard to service when most US cars were still using six volts. Also, they had minor complaints over the lack of water temperature and fuel gauges. But in general, in surveys, owners of the Americanized MG TDs had more positive remarks than negative.
Competition to this MG in 1952 included Austins A40 Sports, Crosleys Super Sport and Porsches 356 Cabriolet 1300.
Cars like the MG led General Motors to unveil the Corvette in 1953 and Ford the Thunderbird two years later, each with their own, American take on the original twoseater formula. If you recall your parents or grandparents talking about MGs when you were younger or if you collect postwar British cars, you should stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars to look over this stalwart MG.
Body Type: 2238
Body #: 18784 930
Notes: TD19433 EXLNA (export car, lefthand drive, North America)
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 161 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt Virginia title issued in 1984 in the previous owners name. GET OUT AND DRIVE
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