Wed, 18th Mar 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 52

1953 MG TD

Sold for £16,312

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 943 YUL
Chassis No: TD25910
MOT: Exempt

  • Imported from California and treated to a photographically documented, 'chassis up' restoration
  • Full engine overhaul by Elliott Motor Company of Goffs Oak in October 2017 (with engineering works being carried out by Power Units of Hatfield)
  • Previously treated to a new brake master cylinder, water pump and re-cored radiator
  • Shod with matching Vredstein tyres
  • Reluctant sale due to downsizing and loss of garaging

Built on 10th March 1953, chassis TD25910 is known to have been resident in New York State during the mid-1970s. Repatriated from California seven years ago, an accompanying photograph album shows that the MG was subsequently stripped to a bare chassis and extensively restored. Repainted Black and re-trimmed in Beige with matching hood and sidescreens, it was also converted to right-hand drive. Riding on matching Vredstein tyres, the TD was later treated to a new radiator core, water pump and brake master cylinder. Entering the current ownership in March 2017, `943 YUL' has since benefited from a very thorough engine overhaul. Carried out by the Elliott Motor Company (now at Cheshunt) with machining tasks entrusted to Power Units of Hatfield, work included a reground crankshaft, new camshaft, re-bored block, reconditioned cylinder head (with hardened valve seats and larger valves), uprated crankshaft rear oil seal kit, replacement oil pump gears, fresh timing chain and tensioner, rejuvenated carburettors and new pistons and conrods etc. Reluctantly offered for sale due to a loss of garaging, this appealing MG is offered for sale with restoration photo album and invoice folder.

Notable as the first MG sportscar to employ independent front suspension and rack and pinion steering, the TD was a great success on both sides of the Atlantic.


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