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MG T Type Published: 3rd May 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

MG T Type
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• PRE-WAR LOOKS & CHARACTER • USUAL MG SUPPORT & SERVICE

WHY BUY?

T-Types are the most charming and usable pre-war sports cars on the road. With a style and image all of their own these cars are loved for their ‘war-time’ image, style and driving experience yet – being an MG – are easy to own.

 

DRIVING

Fast they are not… yet these are real sports cars, which progressively became better to drive with the final TF being pretty close to the MGA. Pre-TDs have a more vintage feel with the TA being best handler some experts say. TD has rack and pinion steering so feels fairly modern, TF is the softest option.

 

WHAT TO PAY

Prices chiefly dependant on originality rather than model. A quality rebuild by someone who knows these cars – which is essential – costs at least £25,000 which is about the price for a top car although you regularly see private buys for lesser cars for around ten grand less.

 

GENERAL

While there’s nothing advanced about these old sportsters yet it’s still advisable to consult a T Type expert. A good chunk will have been modified and upgraded to some degree but, while helpful, can devalue the model.

 

BODY AND CHASSIS

Pre-TD frames the toughest – TD chassis are stiffer but the box sections harbour rust. Check the scuttles, frames, floors, suspension mounts and the boot area. The timber outer frame must be good.

 

ENGINE

TA Morris engine is weak. Is it an MG engine? It will be stamped so. XPAGs okay although still leak oil at seals and side plates (40lbft oil pressure) although valve train is weak.

 

TRANSMISSION

Generally robust although parts are drying up. Rear axle ratio could well have been uprated by now.

BEST MODEL? TD or TF
WORST MODEL? None really
BUDGET BUY? TD
OK FOR UNLEADED? Needs an additive
SPARES SITUATION? Not bad for an oldie
DIY EASE? Old car simplicity
CLUB SUPPORT? Typical MG
APPRECIATING ASSET? Yes, and always will be



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