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MG TD Midget 1950 (Private plate) Blue
The MG TD was built in Abingdon between November 1949 and October 1953 and 29,664 were produced when the series ended in 1953 with all but 1,656 being exported and 23,488 going to the USA alone.
The TD had a new chassis developed from the Y-Type saloon, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, rack and pinion steering, 15" pressed steel wheels, a 1250cc Engine producing 54bhp, a 4 Speed Manual Gearbox driving the rear wheels and a quoted top speed of 80mph.
The price new in the UK in 1950 was £557.00.
This lovely MG TD - Chassis No: TD 2780 was manufactured in Abingdon on 16th August 1950 and exported as a CKD (complete knock down) kit to South Africa and was one of 345 MG TD kits that were assembled at the Motor Assemblies plant in Durban during 1950 and 1951.
Unfortunately very little is known about the cars early history in South Africa, but the last owner in Knysna, Southern Cape, bought the car as a restoration project in 2011 and has spent the last 3 years rebuilding it.
The MG Car Club South Cape is actually based in Knysna and we are currently trying to find out through them if they have any early records of this car. This is the link to their site: http://www.mgcarclubsc.co.za/
He has carried out the restoration extremely well and has provided a full list of the works carried out including invoices for parts obtained from Moss Europe here in England including all new interior trim and carpets, new Hood, new windscreen and frame, new brakes including pipes, a new stainless steel exhaust system, new shock absorbers, new wiring, chrome and new marine ply flooring.
The Engine was out of the car when he acquired it and required rebuilding and due to the Engine number plate missing from the cylinder block, we can't say for sure if it is the original 1,250cc Engine, but it was rebuilt and stamped with a replacement engine number when it was re-registered with the South African authorities after the rebuild. The Chassis plate shows the Engine No: XPAG/TD 2864 and checking this with the build records held by the MG Car Club here in Abingdon, it is definitely from 1950 and most probably was the engine fitted in to the car when it was assembled in South Africa, but it cannot be confirmed as the CKD cars listed as being built on 16th August 1950 have no Engine numbers against any of them, as these will have been shipped separately and fitted in South Africa.
The car is finished in a lovely bright Blue with a Grey leather interior and Grey weather equipment and sits on its original steel wheels with chrome hub caps. It has beautiful chrome fittings, a detailed engine bay with a polished alloy rocker cover, and is in excellent condition throughout.
Since the rebuild, the car has only covered approximately 544 miles and it drives very nicely indeed.
It has been serviced and MOT'd (although now exempt) and is UK registered. As an Historic vehicle it is also Road Tax exempt as well.
Certainly a very good long term investment for the future!
Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake.
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