1952 MG TD

EN­GINE 1250cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 57.5bhp@5200rpm TORQUE 64lb ft@2600rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 80mph 0-60MPH 18.7sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 19-26mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, five-speed man­ual MoT Ex­empt ODOME­TER 79,459 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Clasic Cars For Sale - Chris Hope


This charm­ing ma­chine is far more en­joy­able off main roads – stick to back roads and the draw­backs of its mod­est per­for­mance aren’t brought into such sharp re­lief. The rack-and­pin­ion steer­ing is ac­cu­rate and the all-drum brakes ad­e­quate. Front sus­pen­sion is by coil springs while the rear leaf springs haven’t sagged. We’d ques­tion the need for a fivespeed Ford Type 9 gear­box – fit­ted while the car un­der­went its State­side restora­tion in 2014 – in such a low-pow­ered sports car, but it op­er­ates smoothly through its for­ward ra­tios.


There are no scratches, dents or cor­ro­sion to spoil this MG’s swoop­ing art deco lines or beau­ti­fully pe­riod Fifties Old English White paint and the bright­work is su­perb through­out. A quick check of the new hood in the raised and low­ered po­si­tion re­veals it to be free of scuffs, creases or tears. The steel wheels look like they’ve been freshly pow­der­coated and are shod with newlook­ing Nankang 165/80 R15 ra­dial tyres.


The green leather com­ple­ments the al­most cream paint­work nicely, be­ing in such marked con­trast. Open­ing the low-cut doors re­veals ap­peal­ingly lowset, but not ex­actly sup­port­ive seats. They feel spongy, but you can’t ar­gue with their con­di­tion, be­ing freshly re­uphol­stered. The same can be said of the beau­ti­fully swop­ping leather­trimmed dash­board and match­ing door­cards. Un­la­belled rocker switches mean that there’s a de­gree of trial and er­ror in­volved in work­ing out which op­er­ate the lights and which the in­di­ca­tors, but ev­ery­thing seems to work, apart from the speedome­ter, which the ven­dor as­sures us will be rec­ti­fied be­fore sale. There’s no boot as such, just an area of stor­age space be­hind the seats, which is where the new sidescreens are also stowed.


Ac­cess to the en­gine is via a pair of lift­ing side pan­els. Open­ing each presents an en­gine that looks like it’s been prop­erly and reg­u­larly main­tained, while the hid­den body­work is just as free from cor­ro­sion as the more ob­vi­ous bits of the ex­te­rior. There are signs of a slight oil leak but noth­ing that ap­pears to be par­tic­u­larly alarm­ing. A quick check un­der­neath also re­veals what looks like a brand-new ex­haust sys­tem.


This T-type MG bears all the de­sir­able hall­marks some­one in­ter­ested in own­ing a tra­di­tional sports car would be look­ing for – in­clud­ing hand­some styling and a charm­ingly pe­riod in­te­rior. It’s far enough re­moved from later, more mun­dane Six­ties cars to feel spe­cial, yet not so slow, prim­i­tive or im­prac­ti­cal as to limit its use in mod­ern traf­fic.

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