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Lot 136: MG TD


The pre-war MG Midgets, in their various guises, had proved immensely popular thanks to cheap prices and running costs and their effectiveness for amateur use in virtually any area of motor sport. Indeed, this was a trend that was true of the Midget right up until the 1960s and '70s, and was initiated in the late 1930s with the TA and TB models. MG's first post-war sports two seater was the TC, basically a mildly updated version of the limited production TB - like many manufacturers, MG decided the quickest way to get post-war production underway was by using a pre-war design; as such the TC shared a similar. The TD model that replaced it in 1949 shared a similar specification but there was a new box section chassis, in reality a chopped version of the 1947 Y Type saloon chassis with which the TD also shared its new coil spring and wishbone independent front suspension and rack and pinion, rather than gear type, steering. The latter endowed the Midget with much more precise steering than ever before and could, for the first time, also be easily converted to left-hand drive for MG's lucrative export market. Braking was also improved while smaller diameter disc type road wheels replaced the previous wires, the resultant change in gearing accommodated by the wider ratios of the Y-Type's similar gearbox. This car was imported into the UK from the USA in 2005; it originally belonged to Mr Leon Blackman of Pennsylvania, who had started a restoration back in 1978. The present vendor purchased the car in 2005 and initiated a ground up restoration which was completed in 2008. There is a comprehensive list on file showing what was done to the car during its restoration which included being stripped to bare metal, all hydraulics and suspension rubbers, oil seals etc replaced; the engine and gearbox had previously been rebuilt but a new camshaft was fitted - to name but a few items. The car is presented in wonderful condition, finished in Racing Red with matching interior. As exhilarating to drive today as it was in 1951 when it rolled off the production line.

Lot Details
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number136
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration number982 XUD
Chassis numberTD9002
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