Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Mileage 
    91 207 mi / 146 784 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    TF7595
  • Engine number 
    1428
  • Lot number 
    55015
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

- 1 of just 3,400 MG TF 1500s made and supplied new to the USA

- Repatriated by renowned motoring artist the late James Allington and restored from 1993-1998

- Original XPEG 1500 engine, converted to RHD but otherwise returned as close as possible to factory specification

'Of all the cars we have occasion to drive, there is one above all others which, by its every characteristic, clearly defines the term sportscar' (Road & Track magazine on the MG TF, 1954)

Last of the MG T-series line, the TF was introduced in October 1953. Although mechanically near identical to its TD predecessor, the provision of a raked radiator, revised wing line and faired-in headlamps lent it an altogether sleeker and sportier air. Powered by a revised version of the well-proven, four-cylinder XPAG engine but this time using larger valves, a higher compression ratio and twin SU 1.5in carburettors, the new model was reputedly capable of over 80mph. Equipped with both rack-and-pinion steering and independent coil-and-wishbone front suspension, it helped maintain the marque's 'Safety Fast' reputation. Around 6,200 TF1250s were made, followed by 3,400 XPEG-engined 1500s.

According to the T Register's online production record checking facility, this particular example was built to left-hand drive specification on 20th October 1954. Originally finished in Dark Red and despatched to North America, it was found to be 'rust free' when repatriated from California by the late James Allington during 1993. A renowned motoring artist famed for his beautifully executed cut-away drawings, Mr Allington reportedly spent the next five years restoring the MG to concours condition as a gift to his daughter Sophie with help from marque specialist Brown & Gammons of Baldock and Steve Hart of Norfolk (the latter being better known for his work on Maseratis). Pleasingly retaining its original engine (number XPEG/1428), the two-seater is understood to have been returned to as near factory specification as possible. Offered for sale by the Allington family complete with signed print of a cut-away drawing, they presently rate its engine, bodywork, paintwork, interior trim and electrical equipment as 'excellent' and the four-speed manual gearbox as 'very good'.

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