Lot 599
Special 1953 MG TD Roadster
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
56976@TD25995 Mileage: 7800 showing

Originally equipped with a 1250 cc four cylinder engine, and a four speed manual transmission an example tested by The Motor magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 77 mph and could accelerate from 0–60 mph in 18.2 seconds. The independent suspension was borrowed from the MG "Y" type saloon. This wonderful example has a long list of upgrades that make it easier to drive, and a lot more friendly on the highway at speed. The current engine is a fully rebuilt 1800 cc engine from an MG-B, and the transmission is a five-speed manual gearbox from a Datsun 280Z. All of the front suspension, rear-end and brakes were upgraded to later model MG-B parts and drives dramatically different than any other TD. The cruising speed is now 70 mph at 3500 rpm's.

The last owner bought the car in 1960 from a retired couple from Florida with a Summer home in Tryon, North Carolina. It was like new, and with few miles on it. During the 59 years of ownership, it received a nut and bolt restoration in the 70's, and still retains the lacquer paint job from then. It has a few chips and scrapes, but no areas of concern. It has been stored in a garage since. The previous owner was an accomplished blacksmith and renowned knife maker who specialized in Damascus Steel. He added a cartouche and some special engraving on the three spoke steering wheel. The interior is partially re-finished in replacement black loop carpet with black vinyl MGB seats with white piping. A nice fitting tonneau cover is included, as well as a black fiberglass hardtop. *The side curtains are present,.The vinyl and frame are good, but the lenses are cloudy.*

This lot being offered subject to reserve. For this lot, payment accepted only by wire transfer. 15% Buyer's Premium for LLA live-online and absentee bidding. 20% buyer's premium for live internet bidding through a third party host. For winning bidders in NC, license plate and titling of vehicle will be obtained by Leland Little Auctions, provided all applicable fees and taxes are paid.

Private Consignment Bethania, North Carolina

One-owner for 59 years; many upgrades; equipped with an air horn; new battery; period service manual included; *new front bumper included*; glovebox is out, but present.

Chips and scratches to paint aligned with age; hood is missing rear hold down bracket, *new brackets included*; some of the switches that were added do not appear to control anything; cap for radiator overflow is missing; drives wonderful and sounds great; paint condition comparable with age; no other apparent concerns.