1951 MG-TD Roadster

World War II saw the start of many romances and among them was the affair between America and Abingdon, where MGs were made. Americans met the MG, fell in love, and pretty soon Abingdon couldn’t keep up with the demand. Like many a love affair, the Smitten One did not notice his Beloved One’s shortcomings. The MG-TC was slow, uncomfortable, and came only with right-hand drive. On the other hand, it had classic looks and was enormous fun on the road. The secret was a vintage chassis (whippy frame, beam front axle) and a responsive little engine (the 54-bhp, 1250-cc XPAG). A driver had to pay attention to get the best from it, and if a car asks you to concentrate, before long you either love it or hate it. Nobody who has ever driven a classic MG has hated it.

You drive one and not a day will go by except that a mature lady will come up and tell you that she did her courting in such a car. She will also smile wistfully.

After MG established a bridgehead in America with the TC, it made the TD, which came with independent front suspension by coil springs and double wishbones. Allied to smaller and wider wheels, this made the TD more manageable, and it was in its element on a winding road. This very good example is finished in red with black interior and recent work includes new brakes and a thorough engine service that included a carburetor overhaul. It also had its electrics overhauled and a new distributor and coil fitted.

This is a car for the person who likes the wind in their hair and the challenge of real driving.