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Specifications:63hp, 1500 cc, inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front independent control arms and coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"Following WWII, the first British sports car to capture American hearts was the MG TC. This popularity would prompt MG to build a model designed specifically for the US. Instantly a success, the MG TD appeared in 1949 with an improved ride, better handling and most importantly, left hand drive. It was not long, however, before MG fans started looking forward to a far more powerful MG, something capable of keeping up with the new Triumph TR2 or Austin-Healey 100. What they got was the TF, unveiled in late 1953. Some MG purists criticized the TF for its faired-in headlamps, new bonnet design, sloping hood line and raked radiator with its fake cap, which they felt compromised the essence of MG. Others, who did not share the same affection for the TC and TD welcomed the compromise the TF offered, and as a result the MG TF sold in healthy numbers, with its two year production reaching nearly 10,000 units. When introduced, the MG TF was powered by the same XPAG 1,250 cc engine that had driven the TD. The enthusiasts' appeal for more power was not ignored, but simply put on hold. Within a year, in the form of an additional 250 cubic centimeters and a new moniker, the call for power was finally answered with the introduction of the MG TF 1500. The 1955 MG TF 1500 Roadster presented here was treated to a complete frame-off restoration, which, although aging, remains presentable. There are some imperfections present in the paint and chrome that serve to demonstrate that this car has been driven and enjoyed. The TF possesses some desirable features such as side curtains, a black top boot, a rear mounted spare, painted wire wheels and wind wings.Interestingly enough, in today's collector car market the MG TF has proven to be the most desirable of the T-Series cars. Once described in unflattering terms by many MG aficionados, more than fifty years later it is considered one of the prettiest MGs ever made.

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210: 1955 MG TF 1500

Estimate $18,000 - $25,000Aug 4, 2007