2019 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction

1954 MG TF 1250 Roadster

$30,000 - $40,000


Engine 1250cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. 33448XPAGTF
Chassis No. HDP26/3623
Body Work Roadster
Colour Black
Interior Green
Trim Leather
Wheels Wire Spoked
Brakes Drum/Drum

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MG's T-series Midget family began back in 1936 with the first TA and remained in production - with a break during the Second World War - until 1955, the fifth and final development being the TF launched in 1953. The last of MG's traditional square-rigged sports cars, the TF was originally something of a stopgap designed to fill the breach until the new MGA entered production, but for many enthusiasts it is the best of the lot. The TF's lines were subtly modernised by raking the radiator shell and integrating the headlamps into reprofiled, more flowing wings, but pre-war styling cues like the fold-flat screen remained intact. The TF's cockpit was updated with a new dashboard design with three octagonal dials and more supportive seats, while the unpopular pressed-steel disc wheels found on the TD were ditched in favour of traditional wires. Mechanically the TF was essentially a carryover from its predecessor, the rugged 1250cc engine benefitting from valve and carburettor improvements. The XPAG motor provided willing performance from its 57 horsepower and there was adequate stopping power from Lockheed hydraulic brakes. In total some 6200 1250cc TFs were made before a revised 1500cc model was announced mid-way through the production run. The vast majority were exported to the United States where GIs returning from Europe eagerly snapped them up for America's burgeoning sports car scene. The TF remains at its best on winding country roads, the superbly weighted rack and pinion steering and predictable handling combining to make every trip an experience to savour. T-series ownership is a rewarding experience, with a thriving national club scene offering plenty of shows and rallies around the country each year and a strong network of local specialists for parts supply and servicing.


  • Really nice 1954 MG TF
  • Jet Black duco with contrasting Green leather trim
  • Nice period accessories add to the experience
  • Original handbook & workshop manual
  • Most iconic of the MG T-series models
Conjure up thoughts of the iconic T-series MGs in your mind, and chances are it’ll be an MG TF that you picture. Here we have a very nice example, originally ivory and now finished in jet black with nicely contrasting green leather trim. Paint is in superb condition, as is the bright chrome work and near perfect trim. A pearlcraft finish steering wheel adds a really nice touch to the interior, which also has extensions on the clutch and brake pedals, and an added digital speedo. It sits on silver-painted wire wheels and is fitted with a series of period accessories, including exterior mirrors, windwings, Lucas P100 headlights with wire mesh protectors, and a tonneau cover. It comes with an original owner’s handbook and workshop manual, folder of receipts, parts catalogue, spare key and a box of spares. Receipts show it’s been well loved and maintained by the vendors. All in all, a lovely example of the iconic T-series MG’s. Previously on full Victorian registration, this MG TF is being sold unregistered.

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