The Arnolt MG was the result of an American, Italian, and English collaboration. After World War II, Nuccio Bertone lacked both cash and raw materials. Luckily, he located a pair of used MG TD frames, and his talented designer, Franco Scaglione, designed a handsome body for him. The cars debuted at Turin in 1952, where they captivated American industrialist S.H. "Wacky" Arnolt. Mr. Arnolt was an eccentric American enthusiast, industrialist and businessman who had a Chicago-based MG, Riley, and Morris distributorship. A deal was struck for 200 production versions, and the first examples were finished in time for introduction in New York in 1953.
Like Bertone's 1952 show cars, the Arnolt-sponsored versions utilized the MG TD chassis and its 54-hp XPAG engine. Base price was $3,145, and although 200 were planned, MG phased out the TD chassis and engines in favor of the new TF. Ultimately, just 103 Arnolt MGs were produced. To make good on his deal with Bertone, Mr. Arnolt started another project with them, which would evolve into the Arnolt Bristol.
The MG Arnolt was a more elegant, spacious, and refined alternative to the standard MG TD, and was available in both open (36 examples) and closed form (67 units). The doors, hood, and engine lid were made of aluminum, and the body was welded to the chassis rather than being bolted. The cars were generally fitted with the standard 1250cc engines, though a small number of cars were fitted with the 1500cc MG TF engine. They cost about a third more than a standard MG TD, which also contributed to the low sales volume.
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