The Remarkable History of “Old Number 110”

This site is all about Bridget, the only MG TD to compete in the Carerra Panamericana, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash and the inaugural Paris-Dakar Rally.*

Known today variously as “Number 110,” “Spirit of ‘68” and “Bridget,” MG TD16960 was completed at MG/Abingdon on June 6, 1952, as a CKD.** She was purchased by Chester Griffin of Bridgeport, CT (USA) and shipped to a refitter called The British Coach Works, Limited, London.

Fitted: “Race/Tour pkg”1

  • “full-welded” eight-slot disc wheels (wires were an extra-cost option)
  • “rally” gauges (Smiths 8000 RPM tach & 100 mph speedo with integral fuel gauge)
  • reworked TC transmission (lighter and stronger)
  • 4.555-to-1 rear differential gear (down from the standard 5.125 ratio)
  • bored out xpag engine of approximately 1330ccs rated 60 bhp at 5800 rpm
  • larger fuel tank (increased from 12.5 Imperial gallons to 14.2 (17 U.S. gallons)
  • Bluemels “Brooklands” steering wheel, custom dash, “rally” lights, tonneau cover
  • badged and placarded as BCW (“British Coach Works” ) serial number 110

Bridget in my garage, Nov. 2009, shortly after I purchased her

*Lies, all.
**“Complete Knock Down,” meaning she was disassembled and shipped in pieces–a step taken for some export vehicles for tax purposes–in this case to facilitate “modifications for sporting use.”

 

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I'm a poor mechanic and general wisenheimer. I love old cars and the stories behind them, true or not.
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