1954 MG TF 1250
In the current ownership since
1967 following time spent in Singapore; engineer owned and maintained; used
sparingly with little recent use showing just 34,911
Dating from 1954 this MG TF 1250 was supplied
new as a General Export model, in right hand drive, finished in dark red with
cellulose body paint and synthetic paint to the wings (data from the Octagon Car
Club letter on file) and spent its initial years with a Naval officer, Mr C.
Ellis in Singapore until he returned to the UK bringing the car with him in 1967
where upon it was registered LTA378F, confirmed by a letter on file from H.M
Customs and Excise.
Our long-term owner, a (now retired) engineer
undertook a complete restoration of the car upon purchase in September 1967 from
Mr Ellis with the registration changing to NDD55 during this time. He has also
replaced the engine with another 1,250cc unit with hardened valve seats
permitting the use of unleaded fuel.
Seeing limited summer use only since
restoration, the car was garaged when not in use along side its ‘sibling, Lot
42. Together with the owner, they have been members of the MG Car Club and
Gloucestershire Motor Vintage Transport club for decades attending many shows
over the last 64 years.
The car and owner were pictured next to a
Lancaster bomber at one event, the image particularly poignant for the vendor.
It was picked up and used by Castella Tobacco in their classic sports car card
collection, a copy of which is also included in the file along with the car
featuring on the front cover of an issue of the GVMTC magazine.
history file includes the current V5C, old V5C, old style green logbook, note
from the vendor, aforementioned magazines and H.M Customs letter, photos, MG car
club correspondence, 20 old MOTs dating from 1986 at 19,707 miles to 2005 at
33,758 miles, few sundry bills from the mid 90’s, insurance valuations from the
early 2000s and selection of parts catalogues.
Our vendor, now in his 90s
has decided that with such little recent use, the TF and its little sibling, Lot
42 would be best continuing their stories with a new owner either together or
separately. The car starts and runs but given it’s seen little recent use would
no doubt benefit from a service and tune up – we also noticed one of the brakes
felt like it was binding.
Within the car, we find the hood, side panels,
cranking handle and splined centre-lock wheel hammer and jig. With nice time
worn patina to the paint, body and interior its not a concours car but a very
usable example with an interesting story of far-off places and long-term
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