Classic Car Catalogue

MG 1953

TD 1250 cc 54 bhp   - discontinued
TD Mk II 1250 cc 57 bhp   - discontinued
YB 1250 cc 46 bhp   - discontinued in the summer
TF 1250 cc 57 bhp   - new model
Magnette ZA 1489 cc 61 bhp   - new model

Great Britain

An overall total of about 8700 of YA, YB Saloon and the YT Tourer version, which had twin carburettors (1948-50), were produced.
The TF introduced in 1953 is an attractive re-styling of the TD. Angled radiator, sloping bonnet, faired in headlamps and separate seats distinguish this model from the TD. Power increased marginally to 57.5 bhp, by using TD MkII spec engine. More weight and higher back axle ratio means unchanged top speed. Wire wheels available as an option.
First BMC produced MG ZA Saloon, made from 1953, shares basic body with Wolseley 4/44. 60 bhp from 1489 B series engine gives top speed of 75 mph, with excellent handling and road holding to go with it. Spacious four door body well trimmed with leather and wood.


MG YB Saloon




World Sportscar Championship entries:
Sebring 12 Hours 08.03.1953 Entrant: Results:  
#         gen. class  
4 MG Motto Special   Ash / Ahrens David H. Ash 13th S1.5 2nd  
14 MG Special   Patterson / Brundage Patterson 28th S1.5    
40 MG TD   Krag / Bird Bird dns S1.5 -  
42 MG TD   Wellenberg, Jr. / Wonder Wellenberg 16th S1.5 4th  
44 MG Motto Special   Allen / Longworth Allen 19th S1.5 5th  
46 MG TC   O'Hare O'Hare dns S1.5 -  
53 MG TD   Shields / McKinsey Shields 15th S1.5 3rd  
60 MG TD   Yates / Kinchloe Dickson Yates fail. S1.5 -  
61 MG Special   Leibensperger / Class Leibensperger dnf S2.0 -  
89 MG TD   Block / Block Block dns S1.5 -  
Tourist Trophy 05.09.1953 Entrant: Results:  
#         gen. class  
43 MG TD   McCaldin / Maunsell Brian McCaldin fail. S1.5 -  
44 MG TD   Flower / Phillips Gregor Grant   S1.5    

MG Motto Special, engine: MG L4 1389 cc (David Ash / Frank Ahrens) by David H. Ash at 12h Sebring. The other Motto Special #44 had 1307 cc engine.