One of the most successful and influential sports cars to appear just after WWII was the MG TC. Americans in particular fell in love with its simplicity, ease, and affordable price. The TC’s success inspired the TD, which debuted in 1949 specifically for the US market with improved handling and, for the first time, left-hand drive. The TF followed in 1953 and debuted revised styling, with its integrated headlamps, a sloping hood line, and raked radiator grille. In its December 1954 issue, Road & Track noted, “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.”
This 1954 TF has been a part of the consignor’s sports car collection since 2005 and was restored for him by Symbolic Motor Car Company in San Diego, California. Finished in an attractive and striking shade of yellow, the car has been used sparingly over the years. Its distinguishing features include chrome wire wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel, and black leather upholstery. Service records on file show extensive mechanical work done in 2017. Given its small size and open-top layout, the TF provides the pure, elemental sports car experience that opened up an entire generation of Americans to the thrills of the British sports car.