By late 1949 the MG TD took over from the more traditional MG TC that harked back to the later 1930's. Although the TD still looked quite old fashioned, the chassis was based on a modified Y type which had independent front suspension with rack and pinion steering and the smaller diameter 15" pressed steel wheels. And the road holding was much improved over the previous TC model, the MGTD still keeping the 1250cc engine of its predecessor. During it's production various changes happened such as the wheels getting holes put in the sides to help with keeping the brake drums cooler, as there had been complaints of brake fade. Later on a new block casting got made to allow for a bigger flywheel and clutch (these blocks have the prefix TD2), plus other unseen bodywork revisions. The MG TD was continually altered with stiffer springs, more power and different accessories right up until the MG TD model was replaced. The TD was the largest produced MG model to date, helped no doubt by the £ being devalued in 1949, which helped with sales to the USA in particular, as well as elsewhere. As a final point, the Arnolt which is dealt with elsewhere, was based on the MG TD chassis.

The 15 inch MG TD wheels were originally steel, with wire wheels offered as an option. The original tyre size for the MG TD was 5.50x15 which has radial equivalent 165R15 - Blockley produces a superb  period correct 165VR15 tyre for the MG TD. See full details of the tyres offered for the TD below:

Blockley Products for MG MG TD


Blockley Radial

£122.00 (£146.40 inc. VAT)

550 x 15

Blockley 5 Stud L Section Crossply

£125.00 (£150.00 inc. VAT)

15/16 inch Rim Band (45mm wide)

Blockley Rim Band

£3.30 (£3.96 inc. VAT)

Set of 4 165VR15

Blockley Radials

£488.00 (£585.60 inc. VAT)