1953 MG TD restoration


Very rare 1953 UK RHD MG TD rebuild project. Chassis number 27508.

The car was completely stripped down by the previous owner, and he had the chassis and quite a lot of the parts powdercoated. His circumstances changed and we bought it in 2012 in the current condition. Other projects have meant we won't have the chance to restore it ourselves for some time, so we have reluctantly decided to let it go.

As far as we know it's complete, apart from a front splitter, fuel tank, upholstery and hood (these are the bits we know of - we haven't been through all the boxes and drawers). It also needs a new body shell, or at least quite a bit of the wood and most of the metal. This can be purchased either in individual pieces as required or a complete unit from Hutsons in Bradford.

We believe the engine to be a factory replacement 'gold seal' engine, supplied by BMC as a direct replacement for the original and with its numbers matching the V5. And it has the original bonnet, scuttle, front and rear wings and many other bits.

The car comes with a file with history and old MOTs going back to the 1970s, including the old 'green' log book and a letter from the MG Car Club 'T Register' confirming that the car was manufactured on 8 May 1953, registered in June 1953 and was supplied to the home market. It only has one previous owner on the V5, although the documentation indicates there was at least one more, and that the mileage is somewhere in excess on 100,000.

It has a rare and valuable UK numberplate 'RAF 468' which we have just had valued at £2500 (documentation available to show).

There is a massive amount of material here as can be seen in the photos, a number of brand new parts as well as old, and we don't think there is all that much to buy apart from what we've mentioned above. We do have a load more pictures of various components, but to be honest the best thing to do if you're seriously interested is to come to our workshop in Sussex and have a look through what's here.

Nicely restored UK RHD MG TD models with history sell for £20000-£25000. Even with the cost of a fully-built new body shell - which is probably not needed - and a few other bits this is going to be a very good value project.