MG TF Roadster  Chassis no. HDB3619907 Engine no. XPEG/3710
Lot 313
1955 MG TF Two Seat roadster Chassis no. HDB369907 Engine no. XPEG/3710
Sold for US$ 40,700 inc. premium
Lot Details
1955 MG TF Two Seat roadster
Chassis no. HDB369907
Engine no. XPEG/3710
1,496cc OHV Four-cylinder engine
Twin SU carburetors
63bhp at 5,500rpm
Five-speed "Skyhook Engineering" synchronized gear box
Independent front suspension with coilover shocks and solid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs rear
Four wheel hydraulic drum brakes

-A beautifully restored example set up for maximum driving pleasure
-Fully sorted by a noted specialist
-Five-speed syncro transmission with taller rear-end gears
-One of the finest driving MG TFs we have found
-Ready to enjoy

The MG TF

Although MGs had been available in the United States in the 1930s, the marque's great popularity really began after World War II. The classic TC model, with its large wire wheels, right-hand drive and exposed rear fuel tank, was regarded as the quintessential British sports car. In 1949, the improved TD offered independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, disk wheels and left-hand drive for New World markets, wire wheels remaining available as an option. In 1952, MG became the best-selling import in America.

By 1953, however, the TD was beginning to look old fashioned, as competitive sports cars from Triumph and Singer entered the field. Plans were afoot for a new streamlined model, which would emerge in 1956 as the MGA. In the interim, the TD was given an evolutionary makeover, with a swept-back radiator grille and more sweeping fenders. Headlamps were nestled into the inner surface of the front fenders.

Mechanically the new TF model, introduced in October 1953, was TD-based with the same XPAG 1,250cc engine, but with valve and carburetor improvements. A taller standard final drive ratio was better suited to American highways. While TD production had reached nearly 30,000, the comparatively short TF 1250 run came to just 6,200, with a further 3,400 of a 1,466cc TF 1500 in 1954 and '55.

The Motorcar Offered

This example has just been subject to a several year restoration by a noted expert in TF cars. The goal was to make a highly original car that drove as well as possible, the basis of it being a California car that the owner first acquired in 1972. The body of the car has been kept all British steel with no aftermarket replacement panels, and has been meticulously blocked out and finished in a beautiful deep red paint. The chrome has all been done to the highest standards by a high end chrome shop in Massachusetts. The interior is expertly trimmed in fine red leather and protected by a fresh tan canvas top which includes a tonneau cover. The engine has been fully rebuilt and runs smooth and free.

Countless small details have been changed to make the car more useable. Little things have been discreetly modified like the troublesome pull starter which has been converted to a push button and the front suspension has been changed to coil over shocks, making the car track straight and true. The biggest change that transforms the car is the Skyhook Engineering five-speed transmission. This overdrive unit has synchros on all gears making the car a joy to drive.

A Bonhams specialist recently demonstrated the car and found it to be one of the finest driving T Series cars he had driven. The overdrive box, combined with taller rear end gear, allows the car to cruise at modern speed without strain. The car tracks and handles wonderfully and the motor is strong and free revving.

This superb TF also includes a custom trailer for extended outings along with the appropriate hitch and wiring. We have no doubt that one will not find a better driving and presented MG TF.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle comes with a trailer and its title is in transit
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