Few cars have enjoyed the popularity, or been as influential in the world of sports cars and amateur racing as the MG. MG started in 1936 with the TA, the first of the T-series cars that introduced Americans to affordable sports cars after World War II.Despite their somewhat frail appearance, the cars were durable and reliable. Their success was surprising, as they looked dramatically different from what was being produced by American manufacturers at the time. With the standard 57bhp engine, the TD was capable of speeds around 70mph, which was admirable. Performance may have been nothing to brag about, but they were still enjoyable to drive.
On May 15, 1953, Britain’s Autocar magazine wrote, “The feel of the car on the road inspires confidence and there is the impression that even an indifferent driver could make a good showing behind the wheel; however long the journey, the actual driving of the car is beguiling all the way.” The production run of TDs surpassed the entire previous MG model output. Simply put, the TD was the most popular MG produced through 1952. Like all MGs since, it was the most popular sports car of its time. While other marques sought to embody the latest technology, the TD’s character remained solidly rooted in the prewar era until its succession by the aerodynamic MGA in 1955. The TD’s longevity and production quantity assures owners that service and parts will be readily available well into the 21st century.
Finished in bold red with black interior, and top, the MG TD Roadster presented here is a fantastic driving example. This car has been loved and cared for by a single owner for the past 20 years and was restored prior to his ownership. During the restoration process, the car was repainted, the engine was rebuilt, it was fitted with new interior, all the chrome has either been repaired or replaced, all the rubber and seals were replaced with new, and all mechanical elements of the car were serviced. The car runs and drives great, as you would expect from a car that has been well looked after. The engine is the original, matching numbers unit with the octagon tag in place. The exhaust is stainless steel and recently replaced.
The body is solid and rust free. The doors fit properly and close correctly. While the paint is older and shows some minor signs of age and use, it still shines nicely and presents well. The top is serviceable, shows a few flaws and some shrinkage but looks good and the window is clear. The chrome is bright and sharp. There is a full compliment of side curtains included. The undercarriage and chassis are clean and rust free. The leather is supple and shows well with very little evidence of wear. All of the instruments work correctly and have a nice, original appearance. The banjo, 3 spoke steering wheel was recently replaced and looks brand new. Even the jack and tools are still in the carrier. There is also the original accessory heater included with the car but not currently installed.
Nicely detailed and mechanically sorted, this is a truly lovely example of the classic British tourer and would be a fine addition to any collection.