1953 MG TD SPORTS TWO SEATER
Registration No. Hong Kong registered, formerly NXM 285 (UK)
Chassis No. 27224
Engine No. XPAG TD2 27625
Red with red interior
Engine: four cylinders in-line, pushrod overhead valves, twin SU carburettors, 1250cc, 57bhp; Gearbox: manual four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on top three gears; Suspension: independent front by coil spring and wishbones, live rear axle with half elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drum. Right hand drive.
The overhead camshaft MG Midget two-seater sports models had been the company's best sellers since the pointed-tail M Type appeared late in 1928, but by 1936 sales were dwindling. It was 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, 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. But by 1952 it was looking seriously outdated and was replaced by the TD. The mix was much as before, the shape still resolutely mid-1930s, but there was an excellent independent front suspension, 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 control gear lever controlled a four-speed box with synchromesh and just exactly the right gear ratios. Somehow, although weight had crept up - at 17.5 cwt the TD weighed just one hundredweight more than the TC - the magazine roadtesters found it was a little faster and no less accelerative.
Originally registered in the UK in May 1953, this TD was restored by marque specialists Naylor Brothers in 1989/90, with work including a concours rebuild of the engine, and bodywork. It is reported that this later enabled the car to win several concours awards.
The present owner acquired the MG in 1995 and subsequently exported it to Hong Kong. When it arrived there it was thoroughly checked, and had an engine overhaul, it has since been used on a number of events organised by the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong, and has continued to be well-maintained, the vendor reporting present condition to be very good.
A good example of an older restoration, presented in the popular red livery and matching upholstery, sadly another move has necessitated that the car return to the UK to be sold.