The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 72
1951 MG TD Roadster
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


Selling on Friday

1951 MG TD Roadster

CHASSIS NO: 25743

• Just two known prior owners
• Highly collectible and influential British sporting legend
• Runs and drives as it should; wonderfully accessorized
• Former national show winner in striking livery


Ford inline four-cylinder engine, manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic Lockheed drum brakes; wheelbase: 94"


Few, if any sports cars have enjoyed the lasting popularity of MGs iconic and influential T-Series roadsters. Beginning with the TA in 1936, these light, attractive, and incredibly fun-to-drive cars opened a new world of affordable motoring enjoyment, particularly for the many former American GIs who first encountered them overseas during World War II. They also gave many of the top racing drivers of the postwar era their first taste of competition success, including Carroll Shelby, who won his first race piloting an MG TC against far more powerful opposition at Norman, Oklahoma during May 1952.

The improved and updated TD appeared in 1949 specifically with the crucial and lucrative U.S. export market in mind, with carefully refined handling characteristics and the availability of left-hand drive. As described by MG authority Mike Allison in his comprehensive book MG: The Magic of the Marque, the new MG TD was a far more rugged piece of engineering than the earlier T-Series cars had been. In particular, the TDs much-stiffer welded chassis frame was derived from that of the contemporary Type Y saloon, featured boxed side-rails, and mounted independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering gear, and new 15-inch ventilated steel wheels. The engine and gearbox of the TC were retained, as well as its classic body, now slightly widened and easily identified with new front and rear bumpers and bucket seats. Interestingly, the TDs independent front suspension was utilized for the eventual successor to the celebrated T-Series, the envelope-bodied MGA, which entered production for 1955.

This solid-appearing MG TD offers numerous possibilities as a restoration candidate, a fun driver in need of mechanical recommissioning, the basis for a vintage track car, or simply for parts to support another restoration. The customary under hood ID tag is missing, and a non-original Ford four-cylinder engine and manual transmission are currently installed. Other features include Stewart-Warner gauges, a canvas folding top, and side curtains. As offered, this MG TD provides several opportunities your choice!

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