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Lot 171: MG TF Roadster

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

Over the years the model has been developed to improve its performance, handling qualities and general comfort. However, in spite of this, the main external features have remained more or less unchanged and even now the recently introduced TF model shows that the bodywork has been restyled to produce a much cleaner external appearance though retaining the MG Midget characteristics.' - Autocar. The charismatic T-Series MG Midget is popular now among enthusiasts of traditional British sports cars as it was in its heyday. A rushed development programme meant that there was little, mechanically at least, difference between the TF and the outgoing TD II, the 1,250cc, 57bhp, XPAG engine of which was retained. Essentially a restyled version of the latter, the TF retained its predecessor's body centre section but featured a changed front end with a shortened, sloping, radiator grille and headlamps faired into the wings, plus an improved interior with separately adjustable seats. A stop-gap model produced pending the arrival of the MGA, the traditionally styled TF nevertheless sold well, 9,600 units being produced between October 1953 and May 1955, most of which went for export to the USA. Something of a rarity, this original right-hand drive example is finished in the attractive but relatively unusual combination of Silver Birch paintwork with red interior trim. We are advised that 'ORU 951' (its original registration) was restored circa the late 1980s while in the hands of the previous owners, who had acquired the MG in 1961, but is otherwise very original. Described as in generally good/very good condition, the car is said to be a joy to drive with very lively performance and no known faults apart from a non-functioning clock. This original and nicely patinated classic is offered with old-style logbook, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
TypeCar
Lot Number171
Estimate£18000-£22000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£17000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£19550
Year1954
Condition rating2
Registration numberORU 951
Mileage-
Chassis numberHDB16/4902
Engine numberC75129
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2