The 1950 MG TD combined the TC’s drivetrain, a modified hypoid-geared rear axle, the MG Y-Type chassis, a familiar T-Type style body and independent suspension using coil springs from the MG Y-Type Saloon. Also new; the rack and pinion steering, smaller 15-inch disc type road wheels, a left hand drive option and standard equipment bumpers with over-riders. The car was five inches wider with a track of 50 inches. In 1950, the TD Mk. II was introduced alongside the standard car, featuring a more highly tuned engine with 8.0:1 compression ratio giving 57bhp at 5500rpm.
It featured twin fuel pumps, revised dampers, and a higher rear-axle ratio. Nearly 30,000 MG TD’s have been produced, including some 1,700 Mk. II models. An example tested by ‘The Motor’ magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 77mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 18.2 seconds.
This wonderful example is described to be in excellent condition throughout and benefitted from a comprehensive restoration just three years ago. The metal work was all stripped back and repainted in the original Old English White and the chassis was primed and painted accordingly. The bright work was re-chromed and the engine and running gear was renovated. Inside, the car was re-upholstered in the original specification green leather and the side screens and hood also refurbished in khaki double duck. The wheels were refurbished and painted, with new blockley cross ply tyres all round. This car has been wonderfully maintained and we are told that it drives just as well as it looks. Presented with a current V5C document, this quintessential British sports car is ready for the next lucky custodian.