2019 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
53

1954 MG TF 1250 Roadster

$30,000 - $35,000

Specifications

Engine 1250cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. XPAG/TF35737
Chassis No. HDP265725 (Body N# 16267)
Body Work Roadster
Colour Cream/olive green
Interior Dark green
Trim Leather
Wheels Wire spoked
Brakes Drum/drum

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Description

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.

History

  • Very nice MG TF 1250
  • Restored around five years ago
  • Attractive cream & green combination
  • Ready to go club/weekend car
For most enthusiasts, the T-series MGs have a place in their hearts. The MG TF was the last of these square-rigger sports cars and arguably the best to drive, even if they don’t quite have the pseudo-vintage charm of the earlier models. Purchased out of Darwin and originally white, our MG TF is now nicely presented in period cream with olive green guards, with a dark green leather interior. The paint was done around five years ago and remains in great condition, as does the exterior chrome and the leather-trimmed interior cabin, complete with restored wood instrument cluster. The black soft top has a nice clear plastic rear window and is itself in great nick. It sits on the correct silver-painted wire wheels, and there’s a couple of spare rims included. There’s also a spare pair of taillights and tins of touch-up paint. Sorted and ready to go, our TF is the ideal club car or weekend wheels. Previously on full Victorian registration, this MG TF will be offered for sale unregistered.
 
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