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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:GAS
Color:MG RED
Interior Color:BLACK LEATHER
Engine:4-CYL IN-LINE 1,275CC, TWIN 1.5" S.U. CARBS
Number of Cylinders:IN-LINE, 4 CYL.
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I think the MG TF is the most beautiful MG ever made! If you don't think so, please take another look at the photographs of my car.

Not only is my car gorgeous looking, it is NUMBERS MATCHING as evidenced by Certificate No. 2014/34180 from the British Motor Industries Heritage Trust.

In the Original Color, MG red with black Leather Interior trim in excellent condition.

The indicated mileage is 21,992. While I have no real reason to disbelieve it, I can't substantiate it either.

The TF came into being when sales of the TD slumped with the introduction of the faster, more modern-looking and similarly priced Triumph TR2. Morris Garages, makers of MG cars, merged with the Nuffield Organization to form the British Motor Corporation (B.M.C.). Considerable funding had gone into the new Austin-Healey and, although designs for the MG-A existed, there was a shortage of liquid capital with which to put it into production. As a cost-efficient alternative, in 1953, the TF was introduced.

Among the many changes; it had a sleeker Nose and a more graceful Tail. The Radiator was sloped back and the Hood-line inclined downwards to meet it. The Headlights were partially faired-in and the front Fender profile was modified. At the rear, the exposed Fuel Tank and Spare Wheel Carrier were made more rakish with the rear Fenders sporting a shapelier flare to match. Overall, the TF was 3.5 inches longer, an inch wider and half an inch lower.

Individual, adjustable Seats replaced the previous Bench Seat and there was a new, centrally located Instrument Panel featuring handsome Octagonal Gauges. It was initially well received but times had moved on. Production ceased in mid 1955 with B.M.C. needing to devote its time and energy towards production of the MG-A. Only 6,200 TF-1250's were manufactured with the majority coming to America to Canada and into Europe.

Now about my car:-

She was built between March 11 and 12 in 1954. It had then, as it has now, Car/Chassis (V.I.N.) Number HDC46/3984, Engine Number XPAGTF33797 and was exported by the factory to a dealer in the U.S. on March 15, 1954.

Although she is a remarkable 60 years old, I am told she has only had three previous owners. As mentioned, the Odometer shows 21,992 miles and she is in excellent condition.

However, she is not a "concours" car or a "trailer queen" and is by no means perfect but if you're looking for a car that you can confidently drive to and enter in your local car shows, she is it!

Completely rust-free with the Undercarriage in excellent condition including all the visible Wooden Components.

Bearing in mind her vintage, she has obviously been repainted. The Paintwork has the very minor scars of being driven but there are no dents. The Chromed Parts and the Manufacturer's Badges, etc., are original and in excellent condition. The Clock doesn't work (they never do!), the Horns both work but the Windshield Wipers – well, they are mainly for "entertainment" purposes - why would you take her out in the rain anyway! She has the minor fluid leaks that just go with the era. You know what they say, "if it doesn't leak, it's because there's no oil in it"!

The under-hood Toolbox Lid displays several brass Plaques evidencing attendance at various car shows.

The Engine starts instantaneously from cold with minor and short-lived use of the Choke and runs smoothly, idling at around 800 rpm and enthusiastically awaiting your use. She accelerates willingly with that gorgeous sound from the Exhaust. She changes smoothly through the Gears provided you are not too quick with your changes. First and Reverse are typically noisy, MOSS straight-cut, non-synchromesh gears.

There is virtually no play in the Steering but please remember that the driving position is in the old "hit the horn button with your chest" style. The Steering is heavy (in those days there was no power assistance) and accentuated by the wider Tires which give her way above average roadholding. The "Emergency" Brake works as it should and the car's Brakes are also good but do require much more pressure than one is used to with modern cars (again, no power assistance).

Similarly heavy, the Clutch can give you wheel spin at the start in First Gear if you wish, proof that the clutch is good . All the Gauges, Switches and Lights have been checked and/or repaired/replaced and work as they should except the Clock, as mentioned.

She has been comprehensively serviced including:-

All new Fluids.

Water Hoses replaced and the Radiator back-flushed and refilled. If you live anywhere but the tropics you will need to refill with anti-freeze.

Entire Fuel System professionally checked. Fuel Tank emptied and cleaned.

Fuel Pump recently replaced. Carburetors cleaned and checked. Air Cleaners cleaned.

New Points, Condenser and Plugs fitted.

Generator and Voltage Regulator checked.

Other items of interest:-

Recent, new Battery fitted.

Recently overhauled Starter Motor.

Five brand new, Chromed, Wire Wheels just fitted.

Five brand new 185 mm Michelin Tires just fitted.

Brand new Koni Shock Absorbers have been fitted with the expensive conversion kits to improve the rear suspension but the originally fitted Armstrong Shocks are still good and are included in the sale.

There is a brand new Full Tonneau Cover, original Half Tonneau Cover (good condition) and a brand new Spare Wheel Cover.

A brand new and expensive, chromed, rear luggage rack has been fitted.

I have fitted brand new, Lucas PL700 Halogen Headlights and a Reversing Light. These are controlled from a Dashboard-mounted Switch Panel with 2 extra, brass Switches for future use.

Also a brand new Badge Bar with working, of the era, vintage Lucas SLD/SPF576 Spot/Fog Lights and a brand new B.A.R.C. Club Badge.

Twin, fender-mounted Wing Mirrors and twin, of the era, vintage Windscreen Wings.

She has the original Crank Handle, twin Hood Stays, an MG Jack with Crank and the correct, Thor, Brass-Headed Hammer for the Wire Wheel, Knock-on Hubs.

On the passenger-side, Interior Valance a genuine antique, of the era, polished brass "Presto" Fire Extinguisher has been fitted in the correct bracket. As the retardant is now illegal, the contents have been evacuated, so the Extinguisher is for decorative purposes only.

There is a full MG Toolkit and a spare Water Hose (with Clamps). Why the latter - I don't know, I just do it!

The Hood is a recent, black canvas (important) replacement. The Frame is in good condition. All four Side Screens are in reasonable condition - the transparent, Vinyl Windows are aging but, as with the Windshield Wipers, why would you use them? Wrap them securely and put them in the attic where they belong.

She also comes with an original Workshop Manual, the original Drivers Handbook (i.e. comprehensive), an old-style Driver's Routine Service Manual and several publications which will interest you.

Just for fun there is a wicker Picnic Basket (internally fitted out and insulated) and an old-style driving helmet and a pair of racing goggles (both the latter the "theatrical/party" type).

I am asking $32,950 or very near offer. Typically of classic cars, she is offered on the basis of "AS IS, WHERE IS" and in strict accordance with the terms of a mutually agreed SALE/PURCHASE AGREEMENT and a formal BILL OF SALE.

For your information, the car came to me from Michigan and transportation to Fort Lauderdale in a covered transporter cost me $800.

You'll probably have some questions so please don't hesitate to contact me - or maybe you just want to "car-chat"?

Thank you for your interest and I hope to hear from you, IAN

(954) 463-5300 (Ft Lauderdale, Florida) or

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