1954 MG TF
deceased estate; lovely TF specially prepared for regularity events; only 2,600
miles since full engine rebuild; Halda Twinmaster; full set of weather
gear; aluminium hard top; transferable number; a super TF all
Last of the MG T-series line and arguably the best, the TF
was introduced in October 1953. Although mechanically very similar to its TD
predecessor, the provision of a shorter radiator, revised wing line and
faired-in headlamps lent it an altogether more streamlined air. Equipped with
rack-and-pinion-steering, independent coil-and-wishbone front suspension and
four-wheel drum brakes, the sporty new model was everything that MG’s fan base
had hoped for.
Powered by a 58bhp twin-carb 1250cc XPAG four-cylinder
engine, the TF could crack 60mph in around 18 seconds with a top speed of 80mph.
From November 1954 onwards it was also available with a 63bhp 1466cc XPEG
engine. Just 9,600 TF models were made before it was replaced by the entirely
different MGA in 1955, the overwhelming majority being sold in LHD to the
As the Heritage Certificate confirms, this 1250cc model is
a rare UK market car that was first registered in Stoke-on-Trent in March 1954.
The original buff logbook shows that the first three owners only kept the car
for a few months each but the fourth owner, Bert Rogers of Wem, kept it for 17
years. A professional car restorer, he also made a bespoke aluminium hard top
for the car in 1960 (as detailed in drawings and an old newspaper cutting on
file) which remains with the TF to this day but will need collecting from the
Worcester area before the end of August.
The fifth Shrewsbury-based owner then acquired it in 1973
and was to keep it for the next 41 years. Between 1980 and 1982 he treated the
car to a body-off restoration (as detailed in an album of photos on file) and
then barely used it, old MOTs showing that it only covered 2,700 miles over the
next 32 years. A stainless steel exhaust was fitted in 2007, new carpets in
2008, reconditioned carbs and an electric fuel pump in 2010 and the cylinder
head was rebuilt in 2011.
In May 2014 he finally parted with the car, putting it
into a Brightwells auction where the current owner acquired it, paying well
above the estimate to secure the car - £27,440 to be precise. A keen rally
driver and navigator, he promptly sent the TF to South Western Coachworks of
Lyme Regis to prepare it for regularity rallies. This included a thorough
service and tune-up; new engine, gearbox and exhaust mountings; full brake
overhaul; new clutch kit; new speedo cable; new floorboards; new wiring;
flashing indicators conversion; uprated halogen headlights and spot lamps plus
much else besides. A Halda Twinmaster was also fitted, the final bill for this
lot being £3,400 plus £960 for the Halda.
The car was then used in several events (all detailed in a
notebook on file), covering some 2,500 miles until it broke down on the M6 on
the way back from an event in Scotland in May 2015. This led to a full engine
rebuild by Malvern Rebore which cost £2,100 and included new pistons, bearings,
timing chain, rear oil seal conversion, lead-free head, reground crank and
Restored to full health, the TF then clocked up another
2,600 miles on various other events, gaining electronic ignition, a sports coil,
new brake shoes and wheel cylinders, new starter motor, five new tyres and at
least two services along the way. The owner then fell ill and the car was laid
up in the autumn of 2018 where it was to remain until we collected it shortly
before this auction.
A full set of weather gear accompanies the car (hood,
sidescreens, tonneau cover) all in excellent condition. Documentation includes a
V5C; old style V5; original buff logbook; Heritage Certificate; 28 old MOTs;
many old tax discs; a b/w photo of the car taken in 1956; original owner’s
handbook; original workshop manual; period sales brochure; Halda Twinmaster
instruction booklet; photo album of the 1980s restoration plus many invoices for
subsequent upkeep and a detailed usage log from 2014 to 2018.
Retaining its original (transferable) number plate, TVT
546 shows just 74,100 miles on the odometer which is almost certainly correct
and has only covered 7,800 miles since the restoration in 1982 and only 2,600
miles since the engine rebuild in 2015. On offer here from a deceased estate,
this TF remains in very good order throughout, as you would expect given the
enthusiasm of its late-owner who was extremely attached to the car, as were the
two owners before him. We hope that the fortunate new keeper will become equally
fond of it.
For more information please contact James Dennison on
07970 309907 or email email@example.com