Lot 356 (A|B|C Live Auction Online, 21st October 2020)
Sold for £18,000
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: XSL 348
Chassis No: AAPV0120170293998
Motor Car Location: Cheshire
Although, instantly recognisable as a T-series model thanks to its perpendicular radiator shell, flowing wings and rear-mounted spare wheel, the TD broke important new ground for the Abingdon marque. The first MG sportscar to feature either independent double-wishbone front suspension or rack and pinion steering, the newcomer also boasted a hypoid-bevel back axle, hidden scuttle reinforcement hoop (save for the first few cars) and twin leading-shoe front brakes. Powered by the proven 1250cc XPAG engine allied to four-speed manual transmission, it was reputedly capable of 82mph and 26mpg. Riding on fifteen-inch steel wheels as standard, the TD also sported a mirror-image dashboard (thus facilitating either LHD or RHD production) and chrome-plated bumpers. A great success story, the vast majority of the 29,665 cars produced were sold overseas.
Finished in the handsome combination of British Racing Green with Tan leather interior, this TD Midget is supplied with some Black weather equipment (hood, sidescreens, and full tonneau), a Tan half tonneau, and an indoor car cover. The vendor purchased and imported the car from Cape Town, South Africa after finding the car whilst on holiday, with South African police and customs clearance documents included in the paperwork, as well as a purchase receipt.
'XSL 348' was previously cream before being changed to BRG, with photographs available of it in both colour schemes whilst residing in South Africa. The Midget is showing 76,500 miles which is believed to be genuine but is unwarranted. Since returning to the UK the TD has been subject to a large number of repair works including engine removal with a head conversion to take unleaded fuel, radiator overhaul and cab refurbishment in c.2003-4; in 2010 rear springs retempered and dampers refurbishment; five new Radical tyres in 2019 and this year being subjected to a comprehensive full service, new choke cable and indicator system.
Vendor Condition Ratings:
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'
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