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Re: Seatbelts in the '50s

Subject: Re: Seatbelts in the '50s
From: Chip Old <>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 22:40:04 -0400 (EDT)
On Wed, 24 Apr 1996, Robert J. Donahue wrote:

> My 53 MG-TD has four slotted brackets bolted to the floor behind the seats. By
> their design and position I can only conclude that they were meant to anchor
> seatbelts. Did MG offer seatbelts back then? Or did the PO install some
> aftermarket belts?

Seat belts weren't even commonplace in racing cars when the TD was new, so
it's doubtful your TD left the dealer with them.  If those are indeed
seat belt anchors, they were probably a later addition.  If they are just
attached to the plywood floorboards, they are pretty useless.  Seat belts
need to be anchored to the chassis or to a steel subframe anchored to the
chassis to be worth much in a T-Type.

Chip Old                      1948 M.G. TC  TC6710  NEMGTR #2271
Cub Hill, Maryland            1962 Triumph TR4  CT3154LO (daily driver)
If cars had evolved as fast as computers have, by now they'd cost a
quarter, run for a year on a half-gallon of gas, and explode once a day. 

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