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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.