Lot 615- 1952 MG TD Roadster


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1951 MG TD Roadster

The MG TD Midget roadster was part of the storied T-Type series, which was produced between 1936 and 1955. Introduced in 1949, the TD was the brainchild of John Thornley who, shortly thereafter in 1952, would be appointed Director and General Manager of the MG Car Company. The core concept behind its development was to create a vehicle that would be appealing to the North American market without breaking the bank in development. It therefore borrowed heavily from MG’s tookit, combining the TC’s drivetrain and the familiar T-type body style with a Y-type chassis, which improved rigidity. The frame was modified to sweep over the rear axle, granting increased rear spring travel, which improved dampening. Front coils and wishbones, as well as rack and pinion steering, gave the TD a vastly better handling car than the TC. This example is a charming old relic cocooned in storage for decades. Absolutely cherished and taken great care of its entire life, it has been long awaiting a sympathetic restoration. Unfortunately the seller is no longer able to manage the project and so reluctantly passes the torch to the next generation of enthusiast.

This is one of the most tenderhearted and meticulous restoration projects you’ll ever see. So much time, effort, and care has gone into the gorgeous restoration of this car. The restoring owner kept detailed records that you can see in the photos. This car’s journey has truly been a labor of love.

Some work that has been performed:

Engine removed and completely dismantled; block, head, crank, and rods chemically cleaned; rank and rod magnafluxed with no cracks found; cylinders bored to .100’ over stock bore; crank turned down to .010 “ undersize on all throws; new valve guides fitted (5); valves ground and faced; head milled to .001’; tappets refaced; cams reground; new cam bearings installed; crank, flywheel, and clutch balanced; new ring gear installed on flywheel; new pistons (.100 oversize), rings, and pins fitted to rods, rods aligned; new main and big-end bearings (.010 oversize) installed; engine reassembled and installed; fuel pump rebuilt; new generator installed, body completely disassembled and old paint removed; frame and engine steam cleaned; frame and engine repainted; all wheels and wheel bearings disassembled, cleaned, and inspected for wear; new floor boards installed, dash refinished, electrical system completely rewired; new rugs installed; all body cushions and rubber accessories new; seats recovered with red leatherette; new windscreen installed; new chrome-windscreen supports, radiator cap, dash center instrument panel, hood brackets, and side-screen holders; body painted with final coat of black enamel; wheel bearings repacked and brakes readjusted; new tach drive; reface 8 lifters; new oil pump shaft; new pistons and rings fitted; new rods; install oil pump idler; new door hinges installed on left side; new bumpers installed; striker plate for right door replaced; new top and side-curtains with matching tire cover installed; new door panels and side panels made and covered w/ red leatherette.

Located in Washington.