1952 MG TD

Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis, MO



Year 1952
Mileage 407
Engine 100
Doors 2
Transmission Manual
Make MG
Model TD

TD 1952

Title Status Clear
Exterior Color British Racing Gree
Interior Color Black Leather


1952 MG TD Midget oSeldom-seen English roadster oOne of 10,838 MG TDs made in 1952 and one of only 371 right-hand drive models exported oBritish Racing Green exterior, black leather interior and black folding canvas top o1.3L inline OHV four-cylinder engine (code TD2) with dual carburetors oFour-speed manual transmission with synchromesh in second, third and fourth gears oRack-and-pinion steering oIndependent front suspension with rigid rear axle o94-inch wheelbase "Cheerio! Care for a spin, old chap? We could dash to the pub for some bangers and mash as dinner! What say you?" MotoeXotica Classic Cars is pleased to present this seldom-seen British Racing Green1952 MG TD Midget. Built on January 2, 1952 at MG's Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England assembly plant, this example is one of 10,838 MG TD Midgets made in 1952 and one of only 371 right-hand drive models made for export. Earlier MG TCs made a lot of soldiers and airmen salivate during their service time in Europe for World War II and it wasn't long before they wondered how easy it would be to take one or 100 home with them after the war ended. They weren't the only ones. During the early 1950s, Detroit execs started wondering similar things but that's another story. Dressed in British Racing Green, this car's paint and trim are in overall very good order. The car's bodywork is straight and solid, the engine bay is extremely tidy and the chrome bumpers look great. This roadster rolls on Goodyear Arriva radials, size 165/80R15 at every corner. The tires are mounted on steel wheels topped with factory, vented wheel covers. The wheels and tires are all in good, original condition. Under the bonnet is a 1.3L OHV four-cylinder engine with dual SU carburetors and backed by a four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh in second, third and fourth gears. Car has rack-and-pinion steering, independent front suspension with a live rear axle. Inside, the black leather seats are in excellent order while the black carpet is in good, original condition. A three-spoke steering wheel faces the driver and is in very good condition. The inner door panels and the instrument panel are all in very good shape, as is the floor-mounted shifter. The 1950 TD Midget announced in January 1950 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 on front axle using coil springs from the MG Y-type saloon: a 1950 road-test report described as "most striking" the resulting "transformation ... in the comfort of riding." The reference cited here was incorrect to infer the entire drivetrain was lifted from the TC, as along with the new hypoid differential, a completely different transmission was used (albeit also a four-speed). Also lifted from the company's successful 1 1/4 -litre saloon was the (still highly geared) rack and pinion steering. In addition, the TD featured smaller 15-inch disc type road wheels, a left-hand drive option and standard equipment bumpers and over-riders. The car was also five inches wider with a track of 50 inches. It was seen by enthusiasts at the time as a disappointment, mild and "not a sports car." ". . . the new model is largely designed to consolidate and expand the car's sale in North America. " For the driver, the "all-weather protection" was good by the standards of the time. For night driving, instrument illumination was "effective but not dazzling, by a pale green lighting effect." There was still no fuel gauge, but the 12 imp gal (14.5 US gal) of tank capacity gave a range between refueling stops of about 300 miles and a green light on the facia flashed a "warning" when the fuel level was down to about 2.5 imp gal (3 US gal). Chassis No. TD12624?Engine No. XPAG/TD2/13097?Production Car No. TD/12624 EXR Competition to this MG in 1952 included Porsche's 356 and Chevrolet's new-for-'53 Corvette. Tally ho! Looking for a post-war roadster with some flair, or are you looking for another English open top car to add to your collection? Either way, you should stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars today to look this one over. This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 407 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!? Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.


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