1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster

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Lot 333
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster

Sold for € 51,750 (US$ 57,240) inc. premium
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
Châssis n° HDB46/7472
Moteur n° XPEG 1357

Aussi populaire aujourd'hui auprès des amateurs de sportives britanniques traditionnelles qu'elle l'était au temps de sa splendeur, La TF était mécaniquement peu différente de sa devancière TDII, reprenant la partie centrale de sa carrosserie avec un avant modifié arborant une calandre inclinée plus petite, des phares intégrés dans les ailes, ainsi qu'un intérieur amélioré avec des sièges ajustables séparément. Le moteur XPAG 1 250 cm3 de la TD fut d'abord retenu mais le besoin d'une puissance plus élevée précipita l'arrivée – en novembre 1954 – de la TF 1500 (équipée du moteur XPEG de 1466 cm3) qui représente plus de la moitié de la production totale. Avec ce moteur plus puissant, la vitesse de pointe était améliorée de 8 km/h et approchait les 145 km/h, avec un 0 à 100 aux alentours des 16 secondes, plus de 2 secondes de moins que le 1250 cm3. Dernière version d'une noble lignée de MG sportives au style traditionnel, la TF se vendit bien, la production atteignant 9600 unités entre octobre 1953 et mai 1955.

Cette TF 1500 Midget importée des États-Unis a été repeinte dans sa rare livrée d'usine grise en 2012 et, plus important, conserve le cuir rouge d'origine de son habitacle, magnifiquement préservé. Le tableau de bord habillé de cuir est particulièrement remarquable. Décrite comme étant en excellent état 'cosmétique' et mécanique, la voiture est vendue avec sa carte grise française et son contrôle technique.

1955 MG Midget TF 1500 Roadster
Chassis no. HDB46/7472
Engine no. XPEG 1357

As popular now among enthusiasts of traditional British sports cars as it was in its heyday, the TF was mechanically little different from the outgoing TD II, retaining its predecessor's body centre section while featuring a changed front end with shortened, sloping, radiator grille and headlamps faired into the wings, plus an improved interior with separately adjustable seats. The TD's 1,250cc, XPAG engine was retained at first but the need for more power prompted the swift introduction - in November 1954 - of the TF 1500 (with 1,466cc XPEG engine) which accounted for more than half of total production. With the larger engine, top speed improved by some 8km/h and was now within a whisker of 145km/h, with 100km/h coming up in around 16 seconds, more than two seconds quicker than the 1250. Last in a noble line of traditionally-styled MG sports cars, the TF sold well, 9,600 being produced between October 1953 and May 1955.

Imported from the USA, this TF 1500 Midget was repainted in its rare factory grey livery in 2012 and most importantly retains its original red leather interior, the latter preserved in magnificent condition. The original leather-trimmed dashboard is particularly worthy of note. Described as in generally excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition, the car is offered with French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique.



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1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
1955 MG Midget TF 1500 roadster
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