REAL MG TD, 1300 CC INLINE 4, 5 SPEED UPGRAGE, RUST FREE, CLEAN AND FUN!!
The traditional MG: light, quick, with cut-down doors and flowing fenders, and that upright MG grille up front. There's a reason why cars like this 1952 MG TD were brought home by the hundreds by GIs returning from Europe, and why they remain wildly popular today.
The look is pure pre-war, with separate fenders and a long hood, but the energetic handling and performance were quite contemporary. This original MG has been nicely restored, but not to the point where you're afraid to drive it, which misses the point entirely. The body construction was traditional, but that also means that it's light and easy to repair, and this one shows no signs of serious damage or the MG's arch-nemesis, rust. Hood and door fit are quite good, and the Nissan A20 Red paint is a very correct-looking finish that's got a great shine but no metallic, so it looks right on the diminutive little roadster. It shows only a few light signs of use, but the overall presentation is what endears MGs to their legions of fans, and this car looks very crisp and sharp thanks to all the recent work. Of course, things like the chrome grille, stand-alone headlights, and simple bumpers give it an old-fashioned look, and they're all in excellent shape, too.
Inside the cabin, there's adequate room for two once you settle into the low bucket seats and assume the proper driving position. In actuality, you'll probably find it's easy to spend hours behind the wheel without fatigue and there's plenty of room for two normal-sized folks, so no complaints about long road trips in this neat little roadster. Well, maybe your cheeks will be hurting from grinning so much, but the driving experience is involving without being exhausting. The interesting split bench seat has been properly reupholstered in pleated black vinyl, which does a pretty good impersonation of leather without the added maintenance. Matching door panels are the essence of simplicity and black carpets complete the ensemble. The padded dashboard houses an array of modern instruments that retain the vintage British look, and we're particularly fond of the bright metal center panel with the secondary controls. The original three spoke steering wheel now wears a leather wrapper that makes it comfortable to grab. And since MG lovers are serious about their cars, this one offers a collapsible convertible top and side curtains as weather protection, which quickly sorts the men from the boys.
The point of an MG isn't brute power, but they're plenty peppy with the 1300 cc inline-four, and it has a wonderful baritone exhaust note that's half the experience. This one is a wonderful runner, firing up easily through dual side-draft SU carburetors with chrome air cleaners. The whole engine is scarcely bigger than a briefcase, but all the parts are easy to get at and maintain, which is very convenient. The engine's linked to a slick-shifting 5-speed manual transmission whose light action and progressive clutch are the cornerstone of performance driving, and the overdrive gear makes long-distance touring comfortable and relaxing. The chassis is a simple ladder frame with an independent front suspension, a stainless steel exhaust system, and steel wheels with chrome hubcaps that look right and wear appropriately tall 165/80/15 radial tires.
One drive and you'll see why it's so easy to love an MG and why the market on these cars is on the way up. Call today!
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- Manual Convertible Top
- Vinyl Interior
- Build Receipts
- Numbers Matching
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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