1950 MG TD SPORTS TWO SEATER
Chassis No. 2142/592/78
Engine No. 22962
Clipper blue with a biscuit leather interior
Engine: in-line four cylinder, pushrod overhead valves, 1,250cc, 57bhp; Gearbox: four-speed manual with synchromesh on top three gears; Suspension: independent front by coil springs and wishbones, live rear axles with half-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drums. Right hand drive.
The overhead camshaft Midget two-seater sports models had been MG's best sellers since the pointed tail M Type appeared in late 1928, but by 1936 sales were dwindling and it was clearly time for a change. The TA Midget represented new thinking; it was slightly larger, a tad more roomy, its pushrod engine closely related to others in the Nuffield stable. Practical and fun to drive, the T Types were a great success.
Introduced in 1946, the TC went on to international success, selling more than all other MG types put together. The mix was much as before, the shape still resolutely mid 1930s, but there was an excellent independent front suspension system, brakes were Lockheed hydraulic, and it rode on sturdy bolt-on 15 inch wheels. With longer travel springs, the ride was softer, there was again a little more space and legroom in the cockpit. But handling was as rewarding as its predecessors and with well designed independent front suspension, cornering power was much improved. The short remote controlled gear lever operated a four speed gearbox with synchromesh and just exactly the right gear ratios. Somehow, although weight had crept up, the magazine road testers found it was a little faster and no less accelerative.
This 1950 MG has a unique California history having been purchased new by Mr. Glaser, a resident of Pebble Beach. Originally finished in black, the car was entered in the 1952 Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach. At that time the road races on the dirt roads through Pebble Beach were the main attractions and the Concours was an afterthought. Nevertheless, the 1950 MG on offer here won Best of Class that year. We understand that the car has always remained in the Pebble Beach area. The current vendor, believed to be the fourth owner of the car, reports that the MG is showing approximately 61,000 miles. The car was repainted in the attractive Clipper blue in the early 1980s and a complete engine rebuild was undertaken. We further understand that the car has been regularly maintained, always garaged and is in good running order. These sporting British classics have long been favored for their spirited touring capabilities and good value.