COLUMBUS GROVE — Gregg and Nata Miller, of Columbus Grove, brought their 1952 MG TD Mark II to the Westgate Charity Car Show. They have owned it since 1978, purchasing it in Muncie, Indiana.
The European sports car invasion can be traced to World War II. American GIs got their first experience at seeing and possibly driving MGs in Europe during their time in service. Many brought an MG T-type sports car home with them. British exporting experts saw huge numbers of MGs going to America and thus, the USA became MG’s most important export market. Some car experts say that while Ford’s Model T put America on wheels, it’s the original MG T-type that taught America that driving could be fun.
In the aftermath of the MG’s success in America, the company needed a sure bet to build momentum and keep one step ahead of the competition in the sports car market. The TD was introduced as a 1950 model, and was a sure bet for success. It kept the styling elements of the TC’s old-world charm, but was updated and modernized. The engineers made a racing version of the TD designated as the TD Mark II.
The MG factory produced 1,022 MG TD Mark II cars in 1952.
The print advertising for the 1952 MG TD Mark II reads, “Character … in every line … character as markedly individual as its performance.”
The MG company endured success after success.
Miller’s MG TD Mark II is painted Sun Bronze.
“Not very many painted Sun Bronze,” said Miller.
The engine is a 1250 cc, with a four-speed transmission. Perfect for tooling around the countryside.
“We do our evening tour and try to end up at the winery,” said Gregg Miller.