MG TD Mark-II, 1953
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MG TD Mark-II, 1953

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MG TD Mark-II, Jahr 1953. Farbe blau (Clipper blue) mit einer beigen Lederausstattung und schwarzem Teppich. Beiges Verdeck, Seitenfenster und Persenning. Dieser seltene MG TD Mark-II wurde in der Vergangenheit restauriert. Im Jahr 2002 wurde das Auto von Imparts an den jetzigen Besitzer verkauft, der das Auto fünfzehn Jahre lang geschätzt hat. Dieser MG TD Mark-II ist in einem sehr guten und schönen Zustand mit leichten Gebrauchsspuren. Der MG TD Mark-II ist ein seltenes Modell, nur 1710 Exemplare wurden gebaut, von denen die letzten 315 Wagen mit der Plakette ‘MARK-II‘ auf der Motorhaube versehen waren. Das Mark-II-Modell zeichnet sich durch eine höhere Motorkompression, bessere Atmungsinduktion, größere SU H4-Vergaser und verstärkte Ventilsteuerung aus. Dieser feine MG TD Mark-II verfügt über zwei an der Windschutzscheibe montierte verchromte Rückspiegel, zwei ‘Brooklands‘-Rennschirme, eine faltbare Windschutzscheibe, Doppelbenzinpumpen, einen Edelstahlauspuff, neue Reifen und zusätzliche Scheinwerfer an der Vorderseite. Dies ist ein seltenes und begehrtes MG TD Mark-II, ein Modell, das sehr selten zu kaufen ist. Dieses Auto ist im Buch THE MG T-Series "The Sports Cars the World Loved First" von John Nikas und Marc Vorgers (Seite 76) abgebildet.


The MG TD was the successor of the MG TC, the British sports car that stole the hearts of the American soldiers returning to their country. Like the MG TC, America was the most important market for the TD. Chassis and body of the TD were largely similar to the TC. But the TD had a rack and pinion steering-gear, coil springs (instead of the leaf springs) and an independent wheel suspension in the front. The wings were different in form, as the large 19-inch wire wheels in the TD gave way to 15-inch wheels. A Mk II version was introduced in 1950, and was built simultaneously with the Mk I. The Mk II had a more powerful engine and a "power bulge" on the engine valve on the right. The MG TD was in production until 1953 and was replaced by the MG TF.

Technical data

Four cylinder engine
cylinder capacity: 1250 cc.
carburettors: 2x S.U.
capacity: 65 hp. at 5250 rpm.
top-speed: 130 km/h.
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
weight: 885 kg.

MG history

MG (Morris Garage) was set up by William Morris in the year 1923 to market a more sporty line of Morris models. Morris Production Manager, Cecil Kimber, was transferred from the factory in Cowley to Morris Garages (in Abington) to design MG's using Morris parts. MG production in Abingdon started in the year 1924. At the end of the 1930s, even normal passenger cars were introduced under the MG label.
The business flourished when in 1945, just after World War II, the sporty prewar MG TB and its successor the TC stole the hearts of the American soldiers. Numerous MGs were shipped to America where this type of motorcar was yet unknown.
Demand for the MG sports cars quickly rose in America, and most of the MGs were sold across the big pond in the years that followed. MGs were simple and well-built, affordable and easy to maintain. In 1952, Austin Motor Corporation merged with Morris Motors to form British Motor Corporation Ltd*.
In 1955, the pre-war TB and the post-war TC, TD and TF series with their pre-war designs were followed by the MG A roadster, which also became available as coupes after 1956.
In 1962, the successful MG A was followed by the even more successful and austerely but elegantly lined MG B. This series, too, mainly found its way to America. The MG B was available as roadster and as a 2+2 coupe, called the ‘GT’.
As British Motor* had stopped the production of the Austin Healey, there was again the need for a six-cylinder sports car from this stable, which made the MG C see the light of day in 1967. It was an MG B with a six-cylinder engine. However, this car failed to live up to expectations as its road-holding and character were not of Healey’s caliber. Eventually, Healey’s successor was to come from the newly merged British Leyland* stable in 1968, and was called the Triumph TR6.
In 1973, a V8 variant of the MG B came onto the market: the MGB V8. This model had a powerful Rover 3.5 litre V8 motor and was to be built until 1976.

The MG B roadster and the GT were sold until 1980, and, under pressure from American legislation, were adapted with safety-enhancing and emission-reducing conversions during their last five production years. The resultant thick rubber bumpers and less powerful engines made these cars much less attractive. Meanwhile, Japan produced the Datsun 240 Z, and put an end to the British sports car hegemony in America.

In 1980, it was curtains for MG B. In the years after, some Austins did appear, ‘dressed up’ as MGs but we’d rather forget about them. Finally, in the 1990s, a worthy successor emerged in the form of the MG F, which is available to this day.
In the year 2001 BMW decided to get rid of Rover because they were losing lots of money because the British pound was too expensive as was manufacturing cars in England.
A group of investors bought Rover. They took over the entire model line and were able to work out the last details on the Rover 75 Tourer and market it. Next idea was to give MG a true rebirth; various Rover models were technically re-engineered, tuned and spiced up to make thru drivers cars of them, a sporty line of cars alongside the Rover middle-class luxury line.
Looking at the Rover/ MG cars and reading about them in the press we can tell that we have high expectations of the MG models to appear in the future.

© Marc Vorgers 

British Leyland*
(in the merger of BRITISH MOTOR HOLDINGS with Austin-Morris and Jaguar interests in 1966)
partly nationalized by the British government in 1975

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