1954 MG TF
Chassis no. HDA46/1787
Engine no. XPAG/TF/31731
1,250cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
57bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Fastidiously restored example
*Factory US delivery, left hand drive TF
*Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate
*The final evolution of the T-Series MG Sports car
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, disc wheels and left-hand drive for New World markets, and in 1952, MG became the best-selling import in America.
After the TD came the TF; the new model 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 was TD-based, using the same XPAG 1,250cc engine, but with valve and carburetor improvements.
MG's TF is the final evolution of the T-series, a lineage dating back to the TA of 1936. The inherent rightness of MG's concept when designing the TA is evident in the long life enjoyed by the T-series, and in the effect these cars had in the years just after World War II, when they formed the foundation for the sports car movement in America.
The Motorcar Offered
This exceptional example of the classic MG TF was produced at the Abingdon MG works during the latter part of 1953. The 1,286th TF made, it was configured as a left hand drive example for US export, and finished in black cellulose lacquer. The consignor, a New Jersey based collector, purchased the car from an enthusiast in Pennsylvania in 2005.
The TF has received a full nut and bolt restoration and shows extremely well today. The work was done to a very high standard, with a neatly installed top and interior, excellent panel work and paint, and a beautifully detailed engine compartment and undercarriage. The work was done to factory correct standards, and the car still retains its matching numbers XPAG engine. Here is a fun little sports car in which to relive the early days of America's sports car obsession.
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