1953 MG TD MkII
twin carb export model; older restoration in very good order throughout;
matching numbers; nice transferable number plate
Following on from the successful TC, the MG TD arrived in
1950, introducing some much-needed post-war refinements. Sharper handling and
smoother riding than its predecessors, the newcomer was well-received by press
and public alike, proving a big hit in the vital American market which kept much
of the British car industry afloat in the dire period of austerity that
afflicted Europe following WW2.
In 1951 a MkII TD Competition Model also became available
for the export market with a higher compression ratio, bigger carbs, twin fuel
pumps, Andrex suspension and a higher ratio rear axle. Producing around 60bhp,
it was easily distinguished by the raised moulding on the right side of the
bonnet (required to clear the bigger carbs) and the TD/C chassis prefix. Never
offered on the home market due to the feeble 72 octane ‘pool petrol’ of post-war
Britain, only around 1,700 of the 30,000 TDs made in total were to TD/C spec,
making this car a rare find indeed, especially on this side of the Atlantic.
Dating from 1953, this lovely TD/C MkII came back to the
UK in March 1992 and judging from the condition of the car it has been expertly
restored and converted to RHD at some point in the not-too-distant past.
Although there are no invoices to document the work carried out, the car speaks
for itself and it is as good underneath as it is up top. The only noteworthy
flaw that we spotted are some cracks in the paint at the front end of the bonnet
hinge (as shown in the photos). The full set of weather gear looks barely used
and there are a good few invoices showing routine upkeep over the last 10 years.
Starting promptly and running well as we moved it
around for these photos, this 'matching numbers' TD looks mighty
tempting at the guide price suggested, the icing on the cake being the nice DSK
998 number plate which is transferable (most unusual with an imported car).
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