I think part of the reason I hold on to cars long after I should have sold them to the next guy is because I really hate dealing with “buyers” on craigslist…and when I say “buyers” I am referring to the endless stream of text messagers who feel the need to make unsubstantiated lowball offers without seeing the car. However, in all my time I’ve never been offered drugs, confederate memorabilia, or MAGA hats…so I guess it hasn’t been that bad of an experience. Find this 1951 MG TD offered for $8,400 in Mendocino Cty, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
I’ve gone to great lengths to make this solid MG look better than it is. So please pay attention, it’s for your own good.
The TD will need some sorting before you can be the the envy of your buddies @ cars and coffee. Plan on more than a couple of weekends. I’ve done a lot of work on this car, it’s been fun, but there’s a ways to go.
This is a very solid, no rust car. The MGA powertrain runs, and feels good. No smoke, weird smells, or noises. Fires easily, idles nice, shows great oil pressure. The master and w/cs are new. New brake hoses too. Fresh battery. That said, I’ve only driven it around the block a few times. My feet, and frankly body are just too big to drive this thing with any confidence. That, and no registration, title, or insurance of any kind, and I don’t want to press my luck.
The floor, and trans tunnel are in, but crude. It needs some wiring, as you can see, original speedo and tach are missing. There’s lots that’s loose; switches, gauges, seats, etc. Needs a better accelerator cable set up. You’ll need to decide what to do about an air filter set up.
The paint is shinny, but thick and heavily cracked.
So, it’s a running and driving TD at a basket case, or dubious VW “replica” price. Perfect for someone who has always wanted a TD, and has some skills, and experience with British cars. Might not be a great restoration candidate, but potential for a nice weekend fun driver.
I have the top frame, sans covering. Side curtains with nice patina for the street. King Dick jack, some literature, part of the original speedo, a few parts.
Car is with me here in Mendocino County.
Do I have to remind you that a TD is an ICONIC collector car?
I’m an enthusiast, selling because I just can’t fit in this car, and I have other English cars that fit me better. Don’t embarrass yourself with a stupid offer. If you feel compelled to write, “I’ll give you, XXXX, CASH” That’s a hint that you don’t know what you are doing.
Bill of sale only. NO Title.
Not looking for trades, but I am an addict. BSA Victor, nice mans road bike, vintage or carbon fiber. Maybe a Morris LCV. You get the idea. No daily drivers, boats, 215, confederate memorabilia, MAGA hats, etc.
Please email, I’ll be glad to send my number. I’m not going to call you.
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