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1953 MGTD—an Iconic British Sports Car
This 1953 MGTD is one of the nicest TD restorations we have seen. This frame-off restoration was an 8-year project in perfection in which everything was rebuilt, redone or replaced, including the engine, transmission, rear-end, ash body frame, etc., etc., etc. Our model is a fully-documented restoration featuring:
• A “picture book” documenting the restoration
• 2” of receipts
• 500 miles since the restoration was completed in September 2009
• Rebuilt engine
• Rebuilt transmission
• Replaced ring and pinion for 4.3:1 final drive ratio
• Fresh leather upholstery & new carpet
• Moto-Lita Wood Steering Wheel
• Walnut Burl Wood Dash face
If it was needed to make this car perfect, it was done.
They don’t get any Nicer!
• Paint and Chrome
The silver and black paint combination are just short of show quality and considerably above the finish quality when the car left the factory in Abingdon, England 60 years ago.
The chrome was all redone except for some smaller trim pieces, which only have minor signs of pitting.
The body and underside of the car are free of rust and it is clear from the condition of the underside that this car has only travelled 500 miles since it was the subject of a full restoration (see pictures).
The seat upholstery was all redone in black leather and makes an excellent contrast with the Silver and Black exterior. The door panels are in excellent condition. The new carpet is a matching black.
A touch of elegance is provided with a wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel and a new polished burled walnut wood dash facing.
The side curtains and top are from an earlier time, and while nice are not in new condition, although this isn’t a car that will see rain other than from inside a garage.
The car’s 1,250 cc engine, #8282 while not the original engine is period correct and was rebuilt before being installed. It starts right up and runs like new. It is nestled in a fully-detailed engine bay.
• Transmission/Rear End
The transmission, also rebuilt, shifts properly, executing upshifts and downshifts as it were new. The rear end (originally a 4.875:1 ratio) had its ring and pinion replaced with an MGA unit (now 4.3:1) allowing extended highway cruising at reduced engine RPM.
• Tires, Safety and Monitoring Systems
This TD has 5 virtually new Kelly 165R15 tires mounted on freshly painted steel wheels. All of the engine/systems monitoring gauges (temperature, fuel and oil pressure) work properly. Similarly, the speedometer and tachometer work, as do the lights, horn, and turn signals. As an aside, this TD does not have a heater, so unless you are from the south, you may want to let this great car sit out the winters in your heated garage!
At some point in the car’s history—perhaps as early as 1953--the engine number was used as the VIN on the title [XPAGTD224112] in lieu of the car number. This identification corresponds to the brass plate on the firewall.
An Excellent Example of one of England’s Most Loved Sports Cars
Finding a fully-restored example of the very popular TD series is a rare event. These cars are highly in demand and therefore represent not just a great driving experience but a sound investment as well. And if there was ever a sports car that made you feel as if you are driving through the British countryside, this MGTD is it! And remember: you can’t take your CDs or stocks/bonds for a weekend drive or to a car show, and even if they may be blue chips, they will never take the blue ribbon or gold trophy—or put a grin on your face.
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