1950-1953 MG TD Midget

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The 1950 TD combined the TC's drivetrain, a modified hypoid geared rear axle, the MG Y-type chassis, a familiar T-type style body and independent suspension using coil springs from the MG Y-type saloon. Also new were rack and pinion steering, smaller 15-inch (380 mm) disc type road wheels, a left-hand drive option and standard equipment bumpers and over-riders. The car was also 5 inches (130 mm) wider with a track of 50 inches (1,300 mm).

In 1950 the TD MkII was introduced, produced alongside the standard car, with a more highly tuned engine with 8.0:1 compression ratio giving 57 bhp (43 kW) at 5500 rpm. It also featured twin fuel pumps revised dampers and a higher rear axle ratio

Nearly 30,000 TDs had been produced, including about 1700 Mk II models , when the series ended in 1953 with all but 1656 exported. 23,488 were exported to the United States.[3]

An example tested by The Motor magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 77 mph (124 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 18.2 seconds. A fuel consumption of 26.7 miles per imperial gallon (10.6 L/100 km; 22.2 mpg-US) was recorded.[2]

In 1998, the rights, intellectual properties and trade marks associated with the production of MG TD is acquired by TD Cars Sdn Bhd in Malaysia to reproduce the TD series as TD2000.

1953 MG TD
Production 1950-1953
Body style(s) 2-door roadster
Engine(s) 1250 cc XPAG type I4
Wheelbase 94 in (2388 mm)[2]
Length 145 in (3683 mm)[2]
Width 59 in (1499 mm)[2]
Height 53 in (1346 mm) [2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Second Hand car guide supplement". Practical Motorist 6 Nbr 68: between pages 768 & 769. date April 1960. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "The M.G. Midget Series TD Road Test". The Motor. October 8, 1952. 
  3. ^ Green, Malcolm (1997). MG Sports cars.. London: CLB International.. ISBN 1-85833-606-6. 

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