Originality trumps all: ’55 MG TF 1500
We like MG TFs and to find one that hasn’t been taken apart for restoration is quite simply amazing. The TF, launched in October 1953, was basically a facelifted TD, fitted with the TD Mark II engine, headlights faired into the fenders, a sloping radiator grille concealing a separate radiator, and a new pressurized cooling system along with a simulated external radiator cap. The XPAG engine’s compression ratio had been increased to 8 to 1 and extra large valves with stronger valve springs and twin carburetors increased output to 57.5 b.h.p. at 5,500 r.p.m. In mid-1954 the engine output was increased to 1466 cc by increasing the bore to 72 mm (2.8 in) and compression raised to 8.3:1 giving 63 bhp (47 kW) at 5,000 rpm. The car was now designated TF1500 and externally distinguished by a cream background enamel nameplate on the sides of the bonnet placed just to the rear of the forward bonnet release-buttons. Today’s featured TF has mostly original paint and the interior looks to be pretty old. Could it be original too? Can’t tell from the photos in the listing. We do love the dashboard’s classic simplicity. Under the hood looks very tidy and the TF is apparently a good runner. Now these can range in value from $35,000 to $45,000. Use that and judge what an original one is worth. More or less? Click here for the eBay auction.