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
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
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.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
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.
UNDER THE BONNET
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.
THE CCW VIEW
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.