1952 MG TD, 1250cc. Registration number LTG 697. Chassis number TD 126630. Body Type 22381 Body number 12001/82096. Engine number replacement XPAG TD2/30606, body plate XPAG/TD2/12997.
The MG Series T-Type Midget sport cars were produced from 1936 until 1955, when they were replaced by the MGA. Five models were produced, TA, TB, TC, TD, and TF, predominately for the export market, the vast amount going to the USA.
The TD was introduced in late 1949, it used a modified Y-Type chassis which improved the ride, wire wheels were no longer used (although they soon became an option) and the engine for the new MG TD was the same 1250cc XPAG unit fitted to the previous model. The new body was some 5 inches longer and the cabin 1 inch wider, the TD found an even larger market than the TC, selling almost three times as many in a similar four-year production run.
In July 1951 the 1250cc XPAG engine received a new block, increasing the performance to 60hp, a new sump, a new bell-housing and a new flywheel in order to accommodate a larger clutch. The engine number prefix was changed to TD2, and MG TDs fitted with this engine have subsequently become known as TD2 models. Of the 30,000 produced only 1,656 were for the Home market.
LTG is a Home market example that left the factory in January 1952 with engine number XPAG/TD2/12997. At some point a correct MG replacement engine has been fitted and the car appears to be an older restoration, although the paint now could do with some improvement. Owned by our sadly passed vendor for many years it now needs a bit of TLC and can be viewed as a rolling restoration or a car that wears it patina well. Unfortunately there is no history folder with the car.
Sold with the V5C, tonneau cover and single small windscreen.