MG TD Roadster
Few sporting cars have enjoyed the lasting popularity or exerted as strong an influence as the MG T-Series roadster. Beginning with the TA in 1936, these iconic cars opened a whole new world of affordable enjoyment for auto enthusiasts. MG’s strong success in the United States after World War II was due in large part to returning GIs, who were smitten by these light and attractive roadsters that provided immense amounts of sporty, open-air driving enjoyment.
The TD appeared in 1949 and was built specifically for the U.S. market, with carefully improved handling characteristics and the addition of left-hand-drive. Along with the traditional and beloved MG styling, the TD featured a much stiffer welded chassis that was derived from the MG Type Y saloon with box-section side rails, a fully independent front suspension and precise rack-and-pinion steering as well as a set of new 15-inch pressed steel ventilated wheels. The TD also retained the engine and transmission of the TC, as well as its classic body style, which was slightly widened and easily identifiable with the addition of front and rear bumpers.
The new TD appealed to an even larger market than the prior TC, with nearly three times as many examples sold during its four-year production run, the majority of which found their way stateside. In 1953, Britain’s Autocar wrote, “the feel of the car on the road inspires confidence and there is the impression that even an indifferent driver could make a good showing behind the wheel; however long the journey, the actual driving of the car is beguiling all the way.”
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
55 bhp, 1.2L overhead-valve inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel