This 1952 MG TD has been owned by the same family for the past 52 years, of which 41 years have been spent parked in the garage. This car isn’t your run of the mill TD though, it’s the factory tuned MG TD MKII. There weren’t many MKIIs built and very few remain today. The seller believes the car has racing heritage, but doesn’t know for sure. If you’re up for doing some investigation work or just in the market for a TD, it can be found here on eBay.
MG introduced the T-series in 1936 and continued to develop the car in various iterations until 1955. When the TD hit the road in ’50, it received many acclaims for its handling prowess and quickly became a popular choice for racing. To make the car more competitive, MG introduced the TD MKII. To make it more sporting they installed more aggressive shocks, wider wheels, a modified cylinder head, bigger carburetors, and twin fuel pumps.
The TD is powered by the 1250cc XPAG straight four engine and in standard form it put out 53 hp. MG knew the car needed more power if it was going to be able to compete, but the upgrades they made to the engine only added 4 hp. Only about 1700 MKIIs were built, as most customers purchased the base TD and used the factory tuning manual to upgrade their cars themselves.
This interior is rough, but complete. Most of the interior should be salvageable and could probably be used as is. Like most British Roadsters of the era, this is a very simple interior and shouldn’t difficult to restore or setup for vintage racing.
This car will need some work, especially if it is going to be used as a vintage race car. If it turns out that this car was used for racing at some point in its history, it would make it that much more interesting to restore. Its history probably won’t impact the value much, unless it ran in one of the more historic events, but it’s still a great selling point.