The driving experience is frightening. So frightening, we recommend you wear brown pants whenever you set foot in this car. Stopping is even more terrifying. The brakes on the MG are only slightly better than putting your feet through the floorboards, a la Fred Flintstone.
The top may or may not close and the windshield wipers look like something Thomas Edison could have designed. For all these reasons, we don't recommend driving this car if there's anything more than a 30% chance of rain in the forecast.
The engine in the '52 MG TD has 52 horsepower — which, it turns out, is just enough power to make it go fast enough to scare the living daylights out of you. Would it get up to 75? Maybe. But, we've never tried it. When 30 feels like 70, why would you want to try?
To counteract the great fear engendered by driving this car, Tommy has devised a simple rule: Never, ever drive the MG on any road built after 1952.
The speedometer works nicely, if all you care about is that you're moving. Other than that, it appears to bear no correlation to the actual speed of the vehicle.
On the upside, the MG does have a very nice, big steering wheel. Unfortunately, it's not designed to collapse in the event of an accident. In fact, the steering column has many of the design features of a steel spike.
The gear ratio is, well... interesting. We're not sure exactly what first gear is for — but it might be useful if you ever wanted to, say, climb a tree.
The MG has a standard suspension — for 1952. It's... how do we put this... buckboard like. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, boils on your tuchus or anything that even hints at posterior pain, stay as far away from this vehicle as humanly possible.
The handling of the MG is marvelous — as long as you're not moving. Then again, if you're not moving, you won't be able to turn the steering wheel. Why? Because there's no power steering. On the upside, the MG does have rack and pinion steering, which for its time was a superb offering — and was a big improvement over the reins and stirrups that were in use a few years earlier.
Though not designed for it, the MG has been known to go off road from time to time — to the garage, mostly, where it invariably spends a number of months and sometimes a full season or two. When this happens, wildlife has been known to take up residence, including raccoons, snakes, chipmunks and once, after a recent rainstorm, a family of ducks.