It's about as British as bangers and mash and as charming as an open-air classic can be. This 1953 MG TD may likely be the very vision of what your mind's eye would conjure up upon hearing the words "vintage sports car". It's ready to put rubber to asphalt just as soon as you bring it home and comes complete with maintenance records to document the diligent care it's received.
Its exterior is draped in a vibrant shade of red - the result of a repaint a while back - and despite the passage of many years, it still acquits itself well. Circle the car and you won't find any concerning dings or blemishes and this appealing color could be elevated by quite a bit at the hands of a skilled paint shop - just a detailing session will amplify its already abundant curb appeal. The set of color matched wheels look great in this setting and the entire array of chrome on board this classic, from the front grille back to the rear bumper, has come through the years in strong fashion. The included black cloth convertible top is in fine condition and ready to shield you from the elements. Despite more than 65 years of service, the body alignment on display here is looking good - the doors close easily, as does its hood. With clear and functional headlights and fog lights taking their place up front and the spare tire mounted in back, this compact classic is ready for action.
The red vinyl interior is still in fine shape and in full possession of its vintage charm - as you take a peek inside you'll see a few subtle signs of wear here and there, but this is without a doubt a road ready driving environment just as it stands. The cockpit is likely broader than you'd expect - a deliberate configuration on the part of its manufacturer to accommodate American standards of comfort, as five out of every six MG TDs manufactured were shipped to the States. The vintage seating accommodations split the difference between bench and bucket with one continuous seat back and individual cushions separated by the gear shift lever and parking brake. The door panels to each side show some nice craftsmanship, with sturdily stitched red pockets surrounded by black vinyl to create a two-tone effect. Beyond the woodgrain steering wheel, the dash area is in good order, with an array of still- functional gauges in the instrument cluster.
Up front, the inline 4 cylinder engine sports a pair of side draft carburetors to extract maximum performance out of its modest displacement and is in very good form, starting up promptly and running with surprising smoothness. This car has obviously been well maintained over the years - those records are on hand to attest to it - so the powerplant is well-positioned to provide plenty more miles of driving enjoyment. The accompanying 4-speed manual transmission shifts without issue and, with the TD featuring a substantially larger fuel tank than most of its predecessors, it has a range that makes it well-suited for weekend getaways or other lengthy excursions, and that relatively wide track equips it with solid road hugging ability around corners. The view from below reveals an undercarriage that would be considered solid by any measure. This fetching British classic rolls on a set 15" steel wheels with MG center caps that are wrapped with Kumho Power Star tires.
This 1953 MG TD represents a significant piece of automotive history, and it comes at a really attainable price, so it's not likely to be around long. Call today!