1953 MG TD Midget Inskip TourerSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $35,750

57hp, 1,250cc four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, rigid rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 104"

Built from 1950 until 1953, the MG TD in all respects was the best of the T-Series to that point, in terms of handling, comfort and performance. The TD was the best-selling MG, reaching 10,000 units in two versions. The MG TD built in the smallest numbers was not the Mark II or the Bertone-bodied Arnolt MG, but rather the one of only twelve built Inskip four-seat touring models.

J.S. Inskip was the an East Coast importer for MG and other European automobiles based out of New York in the late 1940s. MG rivals Morgan and Singer built four-seat versions of their sports car and Inskip believed there was a market for a four-seat tourer similar to the earlier MG Y-Type. Inskip transformed a stock MG TD in America by lengthening the frame by ten inches. The additional stretched wheelbase necessitated the driveshaft, fuel and brakes lines, etc. being lengthened as well as the fabrication of longer running boards and doors. The addition of a rear seat, Rolls-Royce door hinges, rear fender stoneguards, knock-off wire wheels (never offered as an option on the TD), and a chrome accent on the sides of the hood curving down into the doors immediately distinguished the Inskip version from a production MG TD. A full backseat was added, as were individual front bucket seats (The two-seater TDs were fitted with a factory bench seat.)

This 1953 Inskip MG is an older, very well executed restoration showing minimal wear. The bright red paintwork and contrasting black leather, carpets and folding cloth top with a complete set of side curtains remains in very good condition. The MG ĺ s brilliant brightwork includes the characteristic Inskip Lion radiator hood ornament, a pair of Lucas road lights, luggage rack, and tri-bar headlamps. Mechanically, this rare MG is ready for touring. The engine was fully rebuilt and remains beautifully detailed.

A mere twelve Inskip four-seat tourers were built and less than that survive today. With virtually nothing to do but drive it, this is an MG T-Series that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Reference Number 11615

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1953 MG TD Midget Inskip Tourer
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