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The Scottsdale Auction / 1955 MG TF 1250 Roadster Chassis no. HDA46/7238 Engine no. XPEG 1112

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Lot 102
1955 MG TF 1500 Roadster
Amended
27 January 2023, 10:00 MST
Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Sold for US$21,280 inc. premium

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1955 MG TF 1500 Roadster
Chassis no. HDA46/7238
Engine no. XPEG 1112

1,466cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Carbureted
63 bhp @ 5,000 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front/Solid Axle Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Beautifully restored example
*Handsome black and Blue with Tan upholstery color scheme
*Four-speed manual transmission
*Moto-Lita wood rim steering wheel
*Chrome Knock-off wire wheels


THE MG TF

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 beautiful, final year TF marks the end of the road for all T-type cars, and now presents exceptionally well. Restored to an elevated standard in 2007 and carefully preserved since, the car still shows as quite fresh throughout.

T-series bodywork is steel framed by ash wood underneath, and this can make needy examples appear rather lumpy and wavy from the outside–no such worries with the auction car, which displays excellent shut lines, gaps, and straightness from all angles.

Black and dark blue with a black top and polished wire wheels is an inspired combination, while union jack badges, as well as the intricate grille and surrounding brightwork, serve up further eye candy. Note the faired-in headlights, which replaced the separate items seen from the first T-type of 1936 through to the TF's introduction in 1953. Driving lights with gravel screens add further interest at the nose.

Inside, the cabin is highlighted by a set of octagonal gauges in the center of the dash, each meant to evoke the traditional MG badge shape. The high-quality Moto-Lita steering wheel isn't original but is 100% at home here and represents a popular period upgrade. Note the sill plates with their "The M.G. Car Company Ltd." markings.

Saleroom notices

Please note, this MG TF is a 1500, not 1250, example producing 63bhp. Please note, this vehicle is titled as model year 1954.

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