Lot 28: MG TD
Although instantly recognisable as a member of the T-Series family of MGs thanks to its perpendicular radiator shell, flowing wings and rear-mounted spare wheel, the TD broke new ground for the Abingdon marque. It was the first MG sports car to feature either coil spring independent front suspension or rack-and-pinion steering - innovations pioneered in the Y-type saloon. The newcomer also boasted a hypoid bevel rear axle, hidden scuttle reinforcement hoop and twin leading shoe front brakes. Powered by the company's proven 1250cc XPAG engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, the TD was said to be capable of some 82mph and around 26mpg. Riding on 15in steel wheels as standard, the model sported a 'mirror image' facia (to facilitate the option of LHD or RHD production) and chrome plated bumpers. The TD was a British success story with 29,665 examples produced between 1949 and 1953, all but around 1,600 of which were exported - some 23,500 went to the USA alone.
H&H Sales Limited, Stoneleigh Park
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£14575|
|Registration number||558 XUR|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1250|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|