1952 MG TD

Mecum's 10th annual Houston auction
Thursday, 8 April - Saturday, 10 April
$37,400
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
9 April 2021
Sold Date
F112.2
Lot Number
#2-
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. TD17417. Black with red grille and tan cloth top over red. 1250/54hp, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, rear-mounted spare, boot cover.

Evaluation: Older restored engine bay and underbody. Sound paint and chrome, but the rear bumper looks older than the front. Decent top that’s faded in a few spots. Very good interior. This is a straightforward, lightly used older restoration that appears to have been done to higher standards than most TDs.

Bottom Line: In the MG T-Series family, the TD slots in as the middle child between the TC that started it all and the more developed, more attractive TF. Driver quality TDs can be bought in the mid-teens, but even though this is a very good one, it isn’t a gleaming concours car. It should be, given the price it sold for, but it isn’t. Back in 2015, it brought $31,900 at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction, and if anything T-Series MGs are selling for less these days than they were then. It’s a big win for the seller.

by Andrew Newton
23 April 2021

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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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