The TF is one of those unusual cars which became popular almost from its introduction and almost seamlessly moved into ‘classic’ status; its elegant lines retain echoes of the earlier T-series roadsters of the pre=war era, but the headlamps are faired into the wings, a distinctly modern touch for the early 1950s, and the sloping radiator shell and longer wheelbase also endowed the car with more graceful proportions than its ancestors as well as a distinctly more comfortable cockpit. The XPAG engine more than made up for 1500 model we are pleased to offer today, and is one of the considerable proportion of MG cars of its era to find an appreciative and enthusiastic market in the USA. What is unusual is that most of the car’s life has been spent in the hands of the same family, in the Bay Area of California. Apparently it was ultimately presented by the original purchaser to a nephew, but it seems to have seen very little subsequent use, and accordingly retains the majority of its original Embassy Black paintwork and charmingly correct original brightwork, a feature of the model; inspection will reveal a remarkably ‘straight’ body which retains an uncommon and very pleasing level of its structural integrity. When the car was repatriated to the UK, the decision was taken to refurbish the Lincoln Green leather of the interior, and replace the black carpets; as is well known the Californian climate has a very beneficial effect in preserving structure, but is less gentle on old trim, so the car has also been treated to a new convertible top.
The car has also undergone a good deal of mechanical refurbishment, prudent after a period of sustained inactivity, including attention to the carburettors and fuel system, and a considerable degree of attention to the brakes, including new shoes, cylinders, hoses and master cylinder, and some remedial work to the wiring, following which the car was issued with a new MOT certificate. The work was carried out by distinguished London classic car engineer Bob Thredder, whose detailed invoice is in the car’s history file along with the MOT, valid till next August. Accordingly the car is now as lively to drive as it is delightfully authentic to look at, ready for its next stint giving years of enjoyment in the hands of another discriminating enthusiast.