One of the slightly over 1700 TD Mk IIs built as the 'competition' version. Larger H4 SU carbs, twin fuel pumps, bigger intake valves, and a slightly higher compression with a dramatic improvements in performance (that was tongue in cheek....rated horsepower actually only went up 2.6hp). But, nevertheless a rare car. And something I have previously seen once....original Andrex front shocks in addition to the Armstrong level shocks.
Even better, a mere 42,000 original, verified, authenticated miles since new. Sensational body, no rust, no bondo, perfect straight. With (we suspect) a blend of ancient and original paint....wherever there is a scratch, down to primer and bare metal. VERY impressive. And being lacquer, probably last painted 35 or 40 years ago. NOT quite 'original' part but fairly close.
Interior looks original, if not, STILL in very good condition. And the dash IS all original....even an ancient AM radio stuck in the glove box door. Literally like going back in time.
Front bumper was a bit rusty, just replaced. Rear looks fine. And the end plates of the fuel tank were also a bit rusty, just replaced. But all of the rest appears to be original and in incredible condition.
Engine runs fine, no smoke hot or cold, 40-45 psi oil pressure (a word on oil pressure, while MG TCs and many MG TDs left the factory with the oil take off on a lower part of the block, later TDs moved the junction to the upper part of the engine....the result was a lower oil pressure reading and after concern from some owners, the factory moved it back to the lower part of the engine.....weird, eh?) transmission works well (no, rattling of the shift lever, excellent synchromesh, quiet in operation), brakes were just redone including a new master cylinder, top is ancient and will be replaced, and we just fitted a new tonneau.
If "original' is one's preference, hard to imagine a more original TD than this one. And while we have had, probably, eight or ten Mk IIs over the years, this is the only one we have ever seen that has ALL of the Mk II accessories, making it a very rare and desirable classic MG.Click for legal info