The 1950 TD ‘Midget’ combined the TC's drivetrain, a modified hypoid-geared rear axle, the MG Y-type chassis, a familiar T-type style body and independent suspension using coil springs from the MG Y-type saloon. Also new were rack and pinion steering, smaller 15-inch (380 mm) disc type road wheels, a left-hand drive option and standard equipment bumpers and over-riders. The car was also 5 inches (130 mm) wider with a track of 50 inches (1,300 mm).
When the series ended in 1953 nearly 30,000 TDs had been produced, including about 1700 Mk II models, with all but 1656 exported, 23,488 of them to the US alone.
An example tested by The Motor magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 77 mph! Very brave!
This ex California 1952 MG TD received extensive re-commissioning around the period 2007 / 2008 including removal of the body, for full inspection, new trim, weather equipment and body paint finish. At this time '134 XUV' also received the now very popular ‘Five Speed’ gearbox upgrade.
We are fortunate to find ourselves once again in the position of offering this super example to market and having only careful use since completion and well stored ‘134’ remains looking fantastic! Obviously qualifying for free road tax together with a current MOT test certificate valid until 8th July 2012 means that ‘134’ is ready to go!
Great fun period motoring.
Better photographs to follow once weather improves!!