1951 MG TD Midget RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: 15,000£-20,000£
Estimate: €22,000 - €29,000
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £30.173

From the Collection of Mr. Bernie Ecclestone

Specifications: 54.4bhp, 1,250cc inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, solid rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94in. (2,388mm).

MG’s success in the United States after World War II was due in large part to returning GIs who, love-struck by the notion of nimble European sports cars, brought with them the TC Roadster. As an alternative to the offerings from Detroit, MGs provided enthusiasts with a light, attractive roadster that was great fun to drive.

The MG TD for 1950 became even more popular than its predecessor and a sports car icon in its own right. Alongside traditional MG styling, it featured an all-new independent front suspension and rack and pinion steering.

The MG TD offered here is an excellent North American left-hand drive example, which was restored largely to factory specifications in the late 1980s by Gates Willard, an engineer from Manhasset, New York. It subsequently stayed in the New York area in the collection of Philip Wichard before being sold to noted collector Albert Obrist. The car finally found its way into the Ecclestone Collection in 1999, where it has remained ever since, having accumulated less than 5,300 miles since restoration.

The overall quality of the car is excellent and the black paint, which still appears to be quite fresh, remains in very good condition. The chrome and brightwork, whether reproduction or re-plated original units, are of the same high quality. The wire wheels, although properly painted, are probably retrofit TF accessories.

The burgundy leather upholstery, from the seats to the door panels, is very good and well stitched while the matching dash is fully restored with proper Jaeger gauges and excellent chrome trim and instrumentation. The accessory Arnolt heater is a delightful addition as well.

Despite certain cosmetic flaws and minor imperfections resulting from age and occasional use, the engine bay is well detailed and appears to be period correct from the twin SU carburettors to the battery.

The car reportedly runs beautifully and is a joy to drive. Whether at a local car show or on country roads, the MG TD continues to offer tremendous driving pleasure and classic British styling at a most reasonable cost.

Reference Number 13219

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1951 MG TD Midget Roadster
VIN 8197 
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