Although MGs had been available in the United States in the 1930s, the marque’s great popularity really began after World War II. The classic TC model, with its large wire wheels, right-hand drive and exposed rear fuel tank, was regarded as the quintessential British sports car. In 1949, the improved TD offered independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, disc wheels and left-hand drive for New World markets, and in 1952, MG became the best-selling import in America.
After the TD came the TF; the new model was given an evolutionary makeover, with a swept-back radiator grille and more sweeping fenders. Headlamps were nestled into the inner surface of the front fenders. Mechanically, the new TF model was TD-based, using the same XPAG 1,250cc engine, but with valve and carburetor improvements. In mid-1954 a new enlarged XPEG 1500cc motor was fitted making 63hp and the model was now designated the TF 1500.
MG’s TF is the final evolution of the T-series, a lineage dating back to the TA of 1936. The inherent rightness of MG’s concept when designing the TA is evident in the long life enjoyed by the T-series, and in the effect these cars had in the years just after World War II, when they formed the foundation for the sports car movement in America.
This MG TF 1500 is finished in British Racing Green and is confirmed as a matching-numbers car. British built and right-hand drive, it spent most of its life in Australia and, as a result, was never subject to the hard British climate.
It has been fully and sympathetically restored at considerable expense. Features include: tan leather upholstery, tan cloth top with matching sidescreens, Michelin tyres and more. The engine has been fully rebuilt with a new crankshaft and uprated valve seats for unleaded petrol. The gearbox is a 5-speed unit which, , is a sensible concession to driving in modern-day traffic. There are masses of receipts dating back to the 1970’s.