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MG TA, TC, TD and TF: books - history and technology

A book on the MG TA, TC, TD or TF? Explore here our selection of illustrated books on the history, models and technology of MG sports cars.

Factory-Original MG T-Series - The originality guide to MG, TA, TB, TC, TD & TF, including special bodies

The MG T Series, and in particular the TC model of 1945-49, represent the treasured archetype of the British sports car - instantly recognisable and as popular today as they have consistently been throughout the decades.

Pages of the book Factory-Original MG T-Series (1)

Here is a new edition of Clausager's classic book Original MG T Series, first published in 1989 and never out of print since. For this edition fresh in-depth photography of all models from TA of 1936 to TF of 1954 has been commissioned, the text has been thoroughly overhauled to incorporate new knowledge, and chapters have been added on pre-T Series MG Midgets and on coachbuilt and special-bodied cars.

Pages of the book Factory-Original MG T-Series (2)

Author:Anders Ditlev Clausager
Specs:160 pages, 25.5 x 22.5 cm / 10 x 8.9 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 colour photographs
Publisher:Herridge & Sons Ltd (GB, 2019)
Series:Factory-Original
Book: Factory-Original MG T-Series - The originality guide to MG, TA, TB, TC, TD & TF, including special bodies

Factory-Original MG T-Series - The originality guide to MG, TA, TB, TC, TD & TF, including special bodies

Language: English

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MG T-Series- The Complete Story

In the 1930s MG, more than any other make of car, made sports car motoring available to thousands. Introduced in 1936, the T-Series carried the process forward another stage, turning MG into a bestseller both in the USA and the UK and laying the foundations for the MGAs, MGBs and Midgets.

Topics covered include:
- background to T-Series design and development
- profiles of key personalities
- record breaking, racing and rallying
- detailed specifications of each model
- production numbers
- and the T-Series today.

Author:Graham Robson
Specs:200 pages, 24.5 x 19 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:150 b&w and 20 colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2007)
Series:The Complete Story
Book: MG T-Series- The Complete Story

MG T-Series- The Complete Story

Language: English

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MG T Series in Detail - TA-TF 1935-1954

The T Series MGs, starting with the TA introduced in 1936, represent the absolute archetype of the British sports car.

This book opens with an introduction highlighting the pleasures of T Series driving, followed by an exposition of the background that led to the introduction of the TA model, including the changes brought about by the influence of the Nuffield Organisation. Then comes a highly detailed technical analysis of the TA, covering every aspect of the chassis, running gear, engine and transmission.

This sets the scene for the chapters which follow, on the rare TB, the TC which relaunched the family in 1945, the outstandingly successful TD, of which some 30,000 were made, and the final TF models. Each of these receives comprehensive treatment, including information on differences from previous models, production changes, performance and behaviour.

The author, who for many years was editor of the MG Car Club's magazine Safety Fast!, provides a chapter on MG Ts in competition from the 1930s to the present day and takes a look at the T Series' competitors in the market, from BSA in the 1930s to the Triumph TR in the 1950s.

For owners, present and prospective, there is also a section devoted to the practicalities of owning and using these cars today, including advice on parts availability, maintenance and preservation.
Outstanding examples of all models have been specially photographed for this book and are featured in some 80 colour shots. There are also more than 140 black-and-white photographs drawn from archives as well as from MG sales and publicity material.

Author:Paddy Willmer
Specs:176 pages, 27.5 x 22 x 2 cm / 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:140 b&w and 80 colour photographs
Publisher:Herridge & Sons Ltd (GB, 2005)
Series:In Detail
Book: MG T Series in Detail - TA-TF 1935-1954

MG T Series in Detail - TA-TF 1935-1954

Language: English

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The MG T-Series - The Sports Cars the World Loved First

Although not the first sports cars produced by Morris Garages (MG), the MG T-Series set themselves apart, with an impressive radiator flanked by sweeping fenders and sparkling performance. The cars featured an ash-wood body covered in steel, bolted to the chassis and had leaf-spring suspension.

In this readable and informative book, the author follows the development of the various MG T-Series models, including the prewar Midgets and the MG TC, TD and TF. The book covers the technical developments such as the introduction of synchromesh gearing and hydraulic brakes as well as new engines.

Due to the post-war popularity of the cars in the United States after American GIs shipped examples back from Britain, modifications were made for US editions. Soon celebrities such as Clark Gable were driving them.

The author also describes the competing interests within the BMC group as other sports cars such as the Triumph TR2 and Austin Healey 100 were also developed. As this book shows, however, whatever the competition, the MG T-Series were always a class apart.

Author:John Nikas
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2017)
Book: The MG T-Series - The Sports Cars the World Loved First

The MG T-Series - The Sports Cars the World Loved First

Language: English

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MG TD & TF (1949-1955) - Brooklands Gold Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the MG TD and TF models from the years 1949-1955. Describes the MG TD, MkII, TD Record Breaker, Lester-MG, Cooper-MG, TF1250, TF1500 and EX179.

  • The 53 articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:172 pages, 27 x 20 x 1 cm / 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:450 photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 1995)
Series:Gold Portfolio
Book: MG TD & TF (1949-1955) - Brooklands Gold Portfolio

MG TD & TF (1949-1955)

Language: English

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MG TD, TF & TF 1500 (1949-1955) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

The comprehensive guide to choosing, assessing and buying the MG TD or TF of your dreams.

Written by a marque expert with over 40 years of hands on experience.

Packed with good advice - from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics and valuation guidance - this book shows you exactly what to look for when examining an MG TD or TF before you purchase it.

Features include: a comprehensive condition checklist and scoring system - photos of key areas to check and model specific problems to be aware of - how to spot a fake - key specifications and desirable upgrades/options - market data and relative values for various models - chassis numbers, engine numbers - clubs- specialists and much, much more.

Author:Barrie Jones
Specs:64 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2011)
Series:The Essential Buyer's Guide
Book: MG TD, TF & TF 1500 (1949-1955) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

MG TD, TF & TF 1500 (1949-1955)

Language: English

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[RG] MG T Series Restoration Guide

MG T Series Restoration Guide - All TA, TB, TC, TD, TF and TF 1500 models

Malcolm Green

English | paperback | 160 p. | 1993

[OWM] MG Midget TA-TF (1936-1955)

MG Midget TA-TF (1936-1955)

Autobooks

English | paperback | 160 p. | 2002

MG Midget TC, TD, TF, TF 1500 (1945-1955) WSM

MG Midget TC, TD, TF, TF 1500 (1945-1955) Workshop Manual

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English | paperback | 208 p. | 2017

[] MG Midget TC - Instruction Manual

MG Midget TC - Official Instruction Manual

English | paperback | 102 p. | 1996

[] MG Midget TD - HB

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[AKD658A] MG Midget TF & TF1500 HB

MG Midget TF & TF1500 - Official Driver's Handbook

English | paperback | 64 p. | 0

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