8th Sep, 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 
  Lot 47
 

1954 MG TF

Estimated at £20,000 - £24,000

Lot details

Registration No: KDN 248
Chassis No: HDC165681
MOT: Exempt

  • Rumored to have been raced in period by Graham Hill (however, there is no accompanying evidence to support this)
  • A home market car that pleasingly retains its original York registration number
  • Self-evidently the subject of an older restoration

‘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 6200 TF1250s were made, followed by 3400 1500s.

Riding on wider than standard wire wheels and sporting a purposeful leather rimmed steering wheel, chassis HDC16/5681 is accompanied by a laminated display sheet which declares that it was: ‘Raced in 1959 by Formula One World Champion Graham Hill at the Silverstone Circuit’. Sadly, there is nothing on file to support this claim. A home market car built on 20th May 1954, the two-seater was first registered in York as ‘KDN 248’. Belonging to Ian D. Wood Esq of neighbouring Strensall by August 1966, the MG then passed to fellow Yorkshire resident Dr Martin Prutton. Fitted with what is thought to be larger XPEG 1500cc engine at some stage and badged accordingly, the TF has self-evidently been the subject of an extensive past restoration. Purchased by the vendor as a gift for his wife but sparingly used over the past eight years, ‘KDN 248’ started readily and ran well during our recent photography session. Trimmed in Beige with matching full weather equipment, this appealing MG is offered for sale with V5C Registration document, continuation green logbook and sundry paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 8th Sep, 2021

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