Few cars have enjoyed such enduring popularity or have so strongly influenced the sports-car world as those of England’s MG. Starting from the TA in 1936, the MG T-Series opened a whole new world of affordable motoring enjoyment for enthusiasts with its simplicity, capable handling and good looks.
Following WWII, the first British sports car to capture American hearts was the MG TC, which featured the overhead valve XPAG engine first developed for the practically stillborn prewar TB. The TC’s success inspired the TD, which debuted in 1949 specifically for the U.S. market with improved handling and, for the first time, left-hand drive. The TF, which followed in late 1953, represented a major stylistic evolution with its integrated headlamps, new bonnet, sloping hoodline and raked radiator grille.
While the TF faced stiff criticism from some, America’s motoring press welcomed it warmly. In its December 1954 issue, Road & Track stated, “after last year’s test we asked if the TF was really that good. It is, and more. Even though the MG is the lowest priced sports car on the market, it is the accepted standard of comparison.” Today, the TF has proven to be perhaps the most desirable of the T-Series cars, as it clearly marked the end of an era.
Prior to acquisition by the current owner in early 2010, this 1954 MG TF Roadster benefited from a high-quality, meticulously documented restoration. This west coast car is truly resplendent in its Primrose Yellow exterior finish, complemented by Butterscotch upholstery, and comes complete with weather gear including folding top and a full set of four side curtains. Following a rebuild, the 1,250 cc XPAG engine now displaces 1,306.5 cc. Well maintained and sparingly used since acquisition by the current owner, this sprightly TF is more than capable of offering the visceral driving experience MGs are best known for.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
57.5+ bhp, 1,250 cc XPAG overhead valve inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with control arms and coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"
Source: RM Auctions
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