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Auction Ended:

Tuesday, 06 April, 2021 - 18:00

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1949 MG TD

Don’t let looks deceive: the MG TD Midget, announced to the world’s press in early 1950, is no pre-war machine. It successfully combined parts of the earlier MG TC's drivetrain with a modified hypoid-geared rear axle, new four-speed gearbox, the MG Y-type chassis, a familiar T-type style body and independent front suspension using coil springs from the MG Y-type saloon. The TD was 130mm wider than a TC, featured smaller 15-inch disc-type road wheels, and got glowing reviews from the press. MG traditionalists were not as enthusiastic at the time, seeing it as a bit of a disappointment – too mild and not a ‘real’ sports car. Whatever the feelings it sold well, reaching close on 29 664 units sold (23 388 of those to America) over the 3-and-a-bit years of production.

Today the TD is a winner, offering real vintage looks in a useable package. Sure, they aren’t the fastest cars in standard trim, but they are nimble and a whole lot of fun to drive. The steering should be light but precise, and with a top speed of 80mph you can enjoy a spirited drive without getting into trouble with the law. 50mph is the realistic cruising speed, which although busy in standard cars can be remedied with longer back axle ratios and five-speed conversions. Decent weather equipment, good spares supply and a strong club support structure make the TD a wise choice for a weekend toy.

This example

Five-speed box and disc brakes. Original four-speed box included plus an original generator (rare). Hood has a water stain. All-weather kit included - hardly ever used. Car is cute as hell. Brand-new handmade fuel tank imported, painted and fitted.

Paperwork: not up to date. Have the pink slip from the previous owner.

This car is available to view in Johannesburg by appointment.

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Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000041
Seller: Private
Year: 1949
Manufacturer: MG
Model: TD
Derivative: -
Service History: Other
Mileage: 0 Miles
Engine Size: 1,250cc
Engine Type: Inline 4-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 5 Manual
Layout: Front engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 54 BHP
Exterior: Green/White
Interior: Green/leather

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Bidding Information - 1949 MG TD

Estimated Price Range:

R 165,000.00 - R 195,000.00

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Start Date:

Monday, 05 April, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Tuesday, 06 April, 2021 - 18:00

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