1954 MG T-Series TF
57.5 bhp, 1,250 cc inline overhead valve four-cylinder engine, dual SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94" Following World War II, the first British sports car to capture American hearts was the MG TC. Its success inspired the MG TD, which appeared in 1949 and was built specifically for the U.S. market, with improved handling characteristics and left-hand-drive. The TF, unveiled in late 1953, was criticized by MG purists for its repositioned headlamps, new bonnet design, sloping hood line and raked radiator. However, many more welcomed the new TF, which sold nearly 10,000 units during its two-year production run. When introduced, the MG TF was powered by the same XPAG 1,250 cc engine that had driven the TD. While the engine’s output increased by a mere three horsepower, the new TF was nearly five seconds quicker in the zero to 60 mile per hour dash than the previous model. Despite its slightly dated design, the American press welcomed the MG TF. In its December 1954 edition, Road & Track stated, “After last year’s test we asked if the TF was really that good. It is, and more. Even though the MG is the lowest priced sports car on the market, it is the accepted standard of comparison.” Today, the MG TF has proven to be the most desirable of the T-Series cars on the market, and it is considered by many enthusiasts to be one of the most attractive MGs ever made. The 1954 MG TF Roadster presented here is a beautifully fully restored example, which displays a smooth and glossy yellow finish. Tuneau cover, leather covered steering wheel, really complement the flowing lines of this handsome automobile. As well, the TF rides on a set of chromed wire wheels with chrome hubcaps, and new tires. The inviting cockpit is trimmed in black leather upholstery with black carpeting, and features a beautifully refinished dash and steering wheel. Under the bonnet, the four-cylinder XPAG engine is well-detailed and period-correct in presentation, with the exception of a modern maintenance-free battery. This handsome 1954 MG TF Roadster truly embodies the essence of MG. It will certainly provide its next enthusiastic owner with an enjoyable break from the mundane with a solid dose of pure, elemental motoring enjoyment.