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Asking Price:

R 375,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

1950 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

Description by seller:

This car has had a total body-off-chassis restoration over 3 years that was completed at the end of 2018. This included engine overhaul, new brake system, new wood to replace the bad bits, re-chrome where needed, new radiator core, new wheel bearing and seals all round.

The following items are also new: soft top, tonneau cover, side screens, luggage rack, paint, engine mount rubbers, modern oil filter and fuel pump, wiring harness, carpets and marine ply floor boards, and many more smaller items.

I have over 500 photos taken during the 3-year restoration and a file detailing the total spend.

This car is available to view by appointment in Cape Town.

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Lot Status

For Sale

Special Features

Condition rating: 110/140

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000101
Seller: Private
Year: 1950
Manufacturer: MG
Model: TD
Derivative: T Type
Service History: Not Applicable
Mileage: 1 Miles
Engine Size: 1,275
Engine Type: 4-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 4 Manual
Layout: Front engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 54 BHP
Exterior: Palladium silver
Interior: Black

Photo Gallery

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Bidding Information - 1950 MG TD

Estimated Price Range:

R 380,000.00 - R 420,000.00

Lot Status:

For Sale

Total Bids:


Time Left:


Start Date:

Friday, 28 May, 2021 - 08:00

End Date:

Friday, 04 June, 2021 - 18:00

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