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40 Years In A Shed: 1950 MG TD

1950 MG TD

I love the flowing lines and classic look of the T-Series MGs. While I enjoy each generation of the T in their own way, my personal favorites are the D and F. I’m not sure if it’s the small styling changes or if it’s just one of those end of the line things, but whatever it is, I really like these cars. I’d love to have this TD, although it does look like a lot of work. After 40 years in a shed, I don’t imagine I’d look much better than this though. If you’re like me and love the TD and would like to save this one, you can find it here on eBay in Brunswick, Maine with a current bid of $3,500.


  1. Scotty G Staff

    This is a great looking car! I agree on the MG D-Type, that’s by far my favourite, too! Nice find here.

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  2. Pete W.

    Looks like tons of rust and mold. While Brunswick isn’t directly on the ocean, it isn’t all that far, either.

    Maine has a lot of coastline and this TD looks like it’s spent a lot of time in a salty area. The rust under the hood is a good indicator. That’s a classic sign of a salt air environment. The chassis rust is a classic sign of salt covered winter roads.

    Either way, this baby needs a lot of work. When you figure you can grab a decent driver on Ebay, for 12-15k all day, what’s this one gonna cost you to restore?

    BTW, I have 2 of them in my garage, neither running or assembled at the moment, but neither anywhere near as rusty as this one.

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  3. RayT Member

    Not an expert on TDs, but I doubt that paint is original. Neither are the instruments; I can’t recall Brit cars of that era having speedos calibrated in miles and km. Both gauges and paint appear to have been done many years ago.

    At the price, this looks good to me. A lot of work for the new owner, but that’s part of the pleasure!

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  4. Hoos Member

    I like it. The price might be just a bit high, given the rust, but not too much (currently $4500). I do question the story, though. Do the walls of that shed look 40 years old, especially being not too far from the salt water? I certainly am no expert on sheds, but it just doesn’t look like it has been around since the bicentennial.

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    • JW454

      I agree. I don’t think oriented strand board had become that popular in the mid-seventies. Maybe for roofs but not for side walls. I could be wrong.

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  5. Jose vicente

    Expensive. No original instruments, mechanical condition unkown. Rust free car = the rust is free !!!
    Wood rotten…better to buy a running car for 10-12k
    Not original paint, not original uphostery, no original instruments, no pictures of engine bay in both sides, too much rust in the rear axle. The price should be in 6 k at the most

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  6. John

    The first MG I ever touched. It’s the car that started it all for me. I always loved the D model, but I really lusted after a red 1500 TF that my neighbor’s wife drove. I think I lusted after her, too. I was 10. She was older.

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    • Alexander

      What was her condition? Pristine I hope……

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  7. Alexander

    You’d have to be a real masochist to want to pay over $5,100 for a rust bucket that will take an enormous number of hours and lots of cash to restore just to get what you can buy and enjoy already done for $30-40k……..
    Unless you’re a lot younger then me.

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    • Roger Owen

      I suppose classic car enthusiasts fall into two distinct categories;

      Those that have the collateral to purchase a ready restored, off-the-peg, ‘turn-key’ beauty – and not have to personally suffer the arduous restoration process.

      And those who just love the prospect of rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands (and face) very dirty, and enjoying the adventurous endeavour to bring back to life a sadly neglected classic.

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  8. Brakeservo

    When you said you liked the D’s and F’s I must admit my first thought was, gee, what were your grades in High School??

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  9. waynard

    The first car I ever restored, about 1968, was a ’51 TD and even with less than wonderful mechanical skills at that time, it was a relatively easy project. Parts are everywhere, even at the smallest swap meets, and online.

    This car looks to have been “restored” at some point in the past with new paint, floorboards, etc., but the potential for wood rot is high here, in the doors and body shell, after been having stored as it was. And the engine is an unknown.

    I would buy this car and work it ’til it was drivable, not over restoring it. Then again, they are still sort of cheap to pick up in running condition so you could enjoy a better one while you’re still working on it.

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  10. G Lewis

    My husband recently completed a complete restoration of a 1953 late model TD.He did 99% work himself incl.making new timber frame,remade and straightened body panels and renovated the engine plus lots more.He purchased it in 1969.It draws a lot of attention when out and about

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    • Dave Wright

      Looks super……..he is obviously a craftsman with great taste……..

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