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Lot 65

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1951 MG TD

SOLD $19,040

Estimate

$25,000 - $35,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

TD 8672

Engine

XPAG/TD/LHX9120

Car Highlights

Just Two Arizona-Based Owners over the Past 40 Years
Frame-Off Restoration by Marque Expert
Recently Refreshed Following Long-Term Storage
Finished in Original Cream with Red Leather Interior
Matching Tan Top, Side Screens, and Tonneau

Technical Specs

1,250 CC OHV 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
54 BHP at 5,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The MG TD was designed expressly for the US market after thousands of returning WWII servicemen imported the preceding TC model. The TD featured left-hand drive; front independent suspension; lower, wider bodywork; and disc wheels. It was a huge success, selling 29,664 examples from 1949–53, a full two-thirds of them in the US.

Renowned MG expert Barry Briskman of Scottsdale, Arizona, performed a ground-up restoration on this exceptional TD for collector Curgie Pratt in 1987. The consignor purchased the car from Mr. Pratt in 1988, and it was driven daily until 1991, then resided in a climate-controlled art studio for more than 25 years. In 2018, British Automotive Repair of Scottsdale, Arizona, returned it to operating condition. Brakes, coolant and fuel systems, and seals were renewed and new Michelin tires fitted, at a total cost of nearly $5,200.

This TD presents exceptionally well, with cream paint, red leather interior showing little wear, tan canvas top and tonneau, side curtains, and luggage rack. It is accompanied by owner’s and workshop manuals, parts catalogues, tool kit, jack, and grease gun. The MG’s odometer indicates less than 4,000 miles since the 1988 restoration. Briskman estimates that he has restored 60 MG TDs in his career; and with its outstanding finish, excellent panel fit, and sparkling chrome, this car brilliantly reflects his expertise. This classic T-Series MG now stands ready to charm its next caretaker.