Not Your Dad’s Roadster: 1952 MG TD Drag Car

You have to love old drag cars made from unconventional hot rod candidates. This MG TD is more typically associated with luggage racks carrying picnic baskets than roll cages and blown Chevy engines. The seller claims there is some serious thrust behind this barn find dragster, and that he’s been told it was at one time the “…fastest Chevy six-cylinder in the nation.” Do your own homework, but there’s no doubt it has some serious hardware attached. Find the MG TD here on craigslist for $6,000 and several potential options listed for trade.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Ikey H. for the find. Uncovering the history of an old dragster is the one selling point I wish more sellers were able to track down, as finding out the inspiration behind the original build is usually a pretty good story. For the builder of this car, who likely had far easier options for creating a monstrous drag car, why the MG TD? Did he simply have an old shell sitting around, or was their a pointed desire to build a car no one would ever consider for a 1/4 mile beast?

The seller points out that whatever the inspiration, the MG TD has the goods. American Racing spindle mount magnesium wheels; full steel body; TCI Powerglide with 5000 stall; LS-6 / LS-7 heads with square ports; and more. The car runs on 113 octane and the seller, while guesstimating the total output, says the MG sounds “..scary awesome,” and ballparks total horsepower to be in the neighborhood of 700.

The MG TD comes with no title (not a big surprise), and really, it should just go right back to life on the track. The seller will entertain a variety of trades for the car, including body and paint work on a ’55 Chevy gasser, or a Ford rear end capable of handling 1,200 b.h.p. Last but not least, he’ll also consider a TH400 for the same amount of power, and both of those last items must come with build receipts. The perfect car for upsetting the tea and crumpets crowd.

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Comments

  1. Steve R

    This thing is scary, the short wheelbase will make it unstable at speed. It would be wise to take it to car show at nostalgia races and cackle fests, but it wouldn’t make a good race car.

    If this car showed up at my local track it would be relegated to the time only lane and would never make a pass next to another car.

    Steve R

    • D.Meister

      No doubt.

  2. D.Meister

    What a cobbled up mess. $500.00 for the engine and $1.00 for the stickers. Let the vultures pick at the bones.

  3. Shawn Fox Firth

    I’d like to know what that Radial is in the last pic ????

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  4. Little_Cars

    Yeah how did that radial motor get in the last photo? This isn’t the first T series drag car I’ve seen on Craigslist. There has been one in dark red in the TN/KY area for many months. About the same set up too. Good luck to the new owner.

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  5. Wayne

    This would be a shame if it was done to a non-rusty body and frame.
    Just sayin’.

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