50 Years Owned: Ash Green 1952 MG TD
July 16, 2021 Update – Bidding on this 1952 MG TD did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vintage MG to our “Rides Still Available” page. Click the blue box below to navigate to the bidding page where you can either agree to the seller’s current reserve price of $17,000 or you can enter a realistic counter-offer.
GuysWithRides.com is excited to offer this survivor 1952 MG TD as a reserve auction on behalf of the current owner documented back to 1971! Bidding ended Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. This MG TD is currently located approximately 30 minutes from Denver International Airport.
The picture below actually contains all 80 detailed photographs of this 1952 MG TD Survivor. To inspect all of the pictures provided, click on the photograph below to enlarge it and then click on the gray “<” and “>” icons to navigate through all of the other stills in this carousel:
Morris Garages, commonly known simply as “MG”, built a cult following in America with their MG TC sports car following the end of World War II. However, right-hand drive and a design dating back to the 1930s turned off more potential buyers. In response, MG designers shortened the chassis five inches, developed a left-hand drive system, implemented rack-and-pinion steering, replaced traditional wire wheels with smaller, 15-inch steel disc wheels, and added larger bumpers. The result was the MG TD, a wider MG that was 200 pounds heavier than the TC. Since the MG TD still used the 54-hp, 1,250-cc XPAG inline-four motor, the 0-60 mph acceleration time and top speed of these cars are par with a Volkswagen Beetle. Sheer speed is not what these cars are about. Rather, it’s the open-air experience of driving a good handling slow car fast that makes MGs popular to this day.
The first thing you notice about this MGTD is the unique Ash Green over Green Leather color combination highlighted by a tan top and spare tire cover. It’s a much warmer color combination than the typical dark British Racing green commonly seen on these cars. The current caretaker, Richard, purchased this MG TD fifty years ago in 1971 while living in Seattle at the time. Before you think this car has sat unusable in Richard’s garage for much of that time, that’s luckily not the case. Richard has a file full of receipts showing that he has maintained his MG TD as needed to keep in driving condition all these years. While it has never been restored, Richard did commission a repaint of the car in its original Ash Green color some years ago. Richard also notes his MG TD has always been garaged and given the dry climate, it’s clear from the pictures provided there are no rust issues on this MG to contend with. We plan to provide pictures of Richard’s thick receipt folder soon.
The picture below provides the link to the complimentary LemonSquad.com Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”) completed in July 2021 specifically for this auction. This third-party company provided an honest assessment of this MG TD. One item we noted in the pictures not addressed in the mechanic’s report is that while the tread depth is very good on the current tires, the sidewalls embossed with “Sears All-State” provide a clear indication the tires are old enough that the next owner should consider a replacement set if they plan to do any serious driving.
Click on the picture below to review the complete report.
To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:
If you have any questions about this 1952 MG TD, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497. Thank you for looking and happy bidding!