MG’s Midget range, which had begun with the M-type of 1928, had proven a runaway success that found favour with enthusiasts on and off the track on both sides of the Atlantic. The first post-war Midget had been the TC and the wider-bodied TD that replaced it was again similar, albeit with a new box section chassis. Braking was also improved with twin rather than single leading shoe drums while smaller disc type wheels replaced the previous wires, the lower overall gearing accommodated by the wider ratios of the four speed Y-Type gearbox.
The MG TF first appeared at the 1953 Motor Show and was the ideal successor to the TD. A more refined car than the TD, it featured a sloping bonnet line and radiator, headlights grafted into the wings, sharply raked tail and individual bucket seats to replace the previous bench type fitted to the TD. These considerable cosmetic improvements were coupled with an uprated 1,250cc power unit. A year later a 1,500cc version of the TF was announced, increasing power from 57bhp to 63bhp at 5,500rpm.
This lovely example presented in dark red, is a left hand drive, as indeed it left the factory. This wonderfully prepared model has its original matching numbers engine, rear axle, gearbox, body and chassis. This car was the subject of an extensive body off restoration a few years ago, at a cost of £40,000, after which the car was graded at 100 point concours level. Further to this, the vendor then undertook more work to transform it into the ultimate MG tarmac rally car for time trial events at an additional cost of £18,000. Importantly, this work was carried without any damage to the body; as a result everything on the car is fully reversible and will not detract from returning it back to its original specification. This conversion did include a full engine recondition to fast road/rally spec. It is fully FIA compliant – with a £1,500 FIA electric fire extinguisher plumbed in as used in Le Mans prototype cars which is hidden in the tool box under the bonnet. Amongst things which have been done are, FIA battery isolator switch, fuel pressure regulator, oil catch tank and race battery to name a few. Also, the car has new suspension, reconditioned brakes, reconditioned axle and gearbox. The car is also fitted with new tyres, new wheel hubs, new wire wheels, new hood and new side screens. All parts have been bespoke engineered at great expense and are unique. The car has retained its original leather seats which are in great condition showing a wonderful patina. The paintwork and brightwork are both in lovely condition; even the headlights have steel lens guards. The car has only participated in one rally since its conversion and so is presented in great condition. A must for the rally enthusiast or indeed any classic car potential owner looking for a great British sports car with charm and performance to match. The car is Belgium registered, comes with British Columbian plates and also has a NOVA number so it can be registered here in the UK.
|Auction||Autosport, NEC January 2015|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||Belgian Registered|
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