2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction

1953 MG TF 1250 Roadster

$25,000 - $35,000


No Reserve

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Engine 1250cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. XPAG/TF31993 (unverified)
Chassis No. HDC26/2158
Body Work Roadster
Colour Red
Interior Tan
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.


- 1953 MG TF
- Totally rebuilt from ‘basket case’
- 1250cc model
- No Reserve

There is an endearing honesty about this 1953 MG TF. Brought back from the dead by its MG enthusiast owner some time back, it wears a general air of patina without looking disheveled. Painted bright red, the duco has a few chips and blemishes now as does the exterior chrome, which shows a little pitting. The silver-painted wire wheels wear Michelins, while the black soft top has matching side curtains, all in good condition. There’s a pair of driving lights up front – large & not period – and a nice original RACV badge, while the brake drums have been painted in bodycolour red. Inside, it is neatly trimmed in tan leather with black carpets, the former displaying plenty of wear but no damage. All in all, this is a good honest MG TF for which parts and expertise are plentiful, thus making it a great basis for a rejuvenation. Previously on Victorian club registration, this 1952 MG TF is being sold here unregistered and with no reserve.

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