Pleasantly restored Mk II emerging from long-term California ownership
1953 MG TD
VIN – TDC20795
Exterior Color – Almond Green
Interior Color – Green Leather
Engine – 1250cc 4 cylinder with twin SU carburetors
Transmission – 5-speed manual
Current Miles –5,636 miles TMU
Owner Purchase – 1999
Developed in 1936 and gradually improved over the next 20 years, subsequent iterations were developed through the post war years with the TD beginning in 1950. Improvements included rack and pinion steering for US models, 15-inch steel disc wheels, larger bumpers, fuller fenders, and the venerable 54 hp in-line four cylinder engine. Although the overall design was essentially the same for many years, subtle improvements made for enjoyable driving over earlier pre war models. The popularity of the MG took America by storm as the delightful lightweight TD could be driven confidently and easily maintained by shade tree mechanics. The same conditions apply today as new generations of enthusiasts discover the joys of manual 4-speed shifting, open two-seater driving, and not a single digital device to distract from the open road.
Purchased in 1999, the current owner purchased this car from the long term, California owner who had stored it at a Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA garage dating back to the late 1970s. By the early 2000s, the owner, an avid MG enthusiast and multiple MG car collector, commissioned a body-off restoration performing work himself and engaging numerous local MG specialists to restore the car to a high standard. The frame and suspension were powder coated and a freshly restored bare metal body was purchased from a nearby shop which was deemed to be in much better condition than the original body. The paint was performed by Martin Hveem Automobile Restorations ($19,600.00) and the motor was over bored with bigger valves for a bit more power. A modern Ford Sierra 5-speed was installed during the restoration and the Mark II shocks were replaced with tube shock absorbers.
Today the car makes a strong visual impression, with excellent quality paint that retains high gloss and smooth consistent coverage benefiting from indoor storage since the restoration was completed 17 years ago. There are very few signs of aging in the paint which appears to have been done to high standards. The chrome is very good throughout, including the bumpers and wheel covers mounted over the painted steel rims. The glass and lights are in excellent condition. The tan canvas roof has only minimal use and latches tightly in position against the windshield header, showing good stitching and a clear rear plastic window. The overall cosmetic impression of the car is very satisfying particularly in the softened Almond Green finish, which combines elegance and sporting charm accented over the steel wheels and flowing fender line. A set of Signet 165/R15 tubeless radial tires are mounted.
The interior presentation is consistent with the exterior with very nicely fitted green leather applied to the seating cushions. Although the seating area shows modest softening, the visual effect is relaxed and supportive when seated behind the wheel. The wood dashboard and steering wheel are both in excellent condition. The dashboard, instruments, and switches have a very handsome finish overall with excellent lenses and dial faces. The floor is finished with black carpet and a set of vintage style black lap-type seatbelts have been installed.
Opening the traditional center hinged hood, a delightful blend of finishes and details are revealed on each unique engine side. The engine has been properly detailed and cared for including attention to plated cosmetics and correctly finished engine features. Various mechanical components are very clean throughout, and the firewall and lower frame areas remain clean and detailed. The underside of the car is clean and nicely maintained and still exhibits show level finishes with only mild patina. Portions of the wood floor can be seen and appear in excellent condition. All components appear to be in sound condition with evidence supporting careful and correctly detailed work performed during the restoration.
The car starts quickly and gradually warms to a smooth idle. With the top down, visibility is excellent and controls readily at hand. The gears are easily engaged, and the clutch works smoothly through all gears. Brakes are consistent with expectations of the period. Even at slow speeds, the steering is positive and specific and the car tracks well on the road. With the top down and suitable driving gear, avoiding the highway invites the charming side roads that we forget to enjoy when pressured for time. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a handsomely finished award-winning MG TD.
Included with this car
The car comes with the California YOM license plates, a car cover, two sets of tools (a modern roll and a vintage set), two wooden fuel tank dip sticks, and two driver’s handbooks. Also included are two photo books with photos documenting the restoration along with 15 trophy plaques for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as Merit awards given to this MG TD.
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