This beautiful car was built on a TF chassis
in 1977 from mostly T-series parts by renowned MG expert, Lawrie Alexander. The
“KT” nickname came about because the aluminum bodywork was styled to resemble a
K3. It was used for vintage racing from 1978 through the mid-80’s, competing
very successfully at tracks such as Riverside, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and
Willow Springs, as well as numerous VARA sprints. Victories included the all-MG
race at the Monterey Historics in 1980. The car was also used for many MG club
events in and around California. Sold in 1989, it spent some time in the Midwest
until being stored away in a climate-controlled garage in 1993 where it
languished until Lawrie re-purchased it in 2007.
After a complete mechanical overhaul, it
returned to use for local MG club events, and then a new engine (details below)
was built so it could go racing again. In addition, the front spindles and
steering arms were Magnafluxed, all four splined hubs were replaced with new
ones on new bearings, and new 15” Dayton 54-spoke wire wheels fitted with new
Blockley racing tires were installed. An easily removed custom roll-bar was
fabricated from race-approved steel tubing and a driver’s 5-point seat belt was
added. Since its “rebirth” as a racecar, it has competed at Sonoma Raceway,
Laguna Seca, Thunderhill and Buttonwillow.
For street use (and it is street-legal), there
is a full-width windshield, a set of 5 (new in 2011) 16” Dayton 54-spoke wire
wheels fitted with Vredestein Sprint Classic tires, one of which can be
side-mounted in true classic style. There is also a “street” exhaust system.
With the engine mounted further back and lower
than the original TD position, suspension calibrated for the weight of the car,
Spax rear shocks, rear traction bars and a front anti-sway bar, the KT’s
road-holding is outstanding. The drum brakes are exceptional, the steering light
and positive, and the car is a delight to drive hard on a track or gently on a
public road. Its appearance and build quality never fail to get compliments from
spectators and race tech inspectors alike. So why is it for sale now, you ask?
Simply put, the driver has reached the age where less exciting pastimes are more
appropriate for someone who has had several cardiac problems in recent years!
1952 XPAG block bored to 1380 cc, custom
high-top Arias pistons, Brown & Gammons con rods, Moss crankshaft fitted with
rear seal conversion (which really works!), alloy flywheel with steel insert,
front harmonic balancer, hydraulically operated heavy duty clutch, Brown &
Gammons full-race camshaft, lifters and pushrods, polished and ported head,
race-prepped valves, Chevrolet valve springs, 10.5:1 c.r., oil cooler, remote
oil filter, modern-core radiator. Dual 1-1/2” carburetors with vibration-damping
spacer blocks, custom 4-2-1 header into single straight-through muffler with
short tailpipe. Lightweight alternator. Race-approved oil and coolant catch
tanks. MG TC gearbox, 4.55:1 differential. Instrumentation includes tachometer
and speedometer, oil pressure and temperature gauge, water temperature gauge,
ammeter, fuel gauge, turn-signals, dash-mounted battery master switch.
This unique car, which is CA DMV registered as
a 1952 MG TD Special, can be yours for just $27,500 or sensible offer.
The car is garaged near
Lawrie Alexander 530-676-7226 or