Lot 1005
1953 MG TD Roadster
Lot Details & Additional Photographs

VIN: TD23375/23869 Mileage: 47,200

Update: Complete records located showing a complete restoration in mid 70's. Correspondence, manual, catalogs, receipts and more. Appears to have been a southern US car, as it was found/restored in Georgia. Sourced seasoned Ash timbers from England for restoration. Apparently TD bumpers are/were scarce. A letter informs Mr. Starnes that without exchanges he would not be able to sell new ones. They are "rare as hen's teeth" the letter says.

Retains the original 1,250 cc pushrod-OHV engine with a compression ratio of 7.4:1 producing 54.5 bhp, and a four speed manual transmission.

A repaint in red/black with new black interior and top. Internally, the carpet appears to be original as does the wooden dash, steering wheel and gauges. The headlights and grille are painted black, with chrome fender mounted mirrors, bumpers, and trim. The steel 15 in. wheels in fresh silver paint with chrome wheel centers fitted with refurbished center caps.

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From the Collection of a Gentleman Burlington, North Carolina

Recent service to include all new brakes and shoes; rear main seals appear to be in overall good condition with few areas of concern; new seats, floor mats, convertible top; wheels and chrome centers reconditioned and repainted; fuel tank was removed and re-conditioned; the top with replaced wood; the original wood frame at hinges and door latches appears solid, with no movement at hinges; hood is aligned correctly and closes correctly; engine bay is detailed.

Older re-paint with some chips and imperfections, but overall in great condition; loss and cracking to original steering wheel, appears solid; tires are aged and are cracking; original chrome bumpers with dents, but solid and shiny; original rear tail light buckets with some pitting; possibly original carpet is in fair condition with some fading; tachometer and windshield wipers are inoperative; new interstate battery; ASG safety glass with some de-lamination to top of windshield; one correct Lucas headlight and an aftermarket replacement; choke mechanism inoperative and needs to be rebuilt; rear shelf and storage box are not secured but stable; rust repair to rear shelf area with galvanized patch; no other apparent concerns.