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MG TD TF 1500 - Lovely honest LHD 1954 TF for sale
I recently imported this lovely TF from USA, in the hope that finding it a new home over here would help fund my E-type restoration - and also to let my 84yr old mum finally have a run in the car she was saving up to buy until she met my dad (he had a Sunbeam Talbot 10 tourer - not quite so sporty, but good enough it seems!).
It's a delightful example, very honest and if anything, cleaner and shinier underneath than on top. It has had a respray and retrim at some time - the original MG Red has become a tasteful metallic shade very similar to the original dark red, while the red seats have become black vinyl and the beige hood has also gone black (the matching set of sidescreens are present, in good order and fit well).
In all other respects it is exceptionally original and features some lovely period details, such as nicely-made wooden covers for the gloveboxes, which from the handles and locks must date from the 1950s or very early 1960s. These also strongly suggest that the car was never used in the wet, because you would have to stop the car, unlock and remove the two glovebox lids before you could turn the wipers on!
Other lovely details include a fuel and servicing log in one glovebox detailing its history down to every tank of fuel for a long period of its life.
The TF starts first time and runs very sweetly, it's an exceptionally usable car that arrived with no faults at all, the only thing I've done has been to replace some balljoint gaiters that had split (from over-greasing judging by the amount around!) and polish the hood plastic window. Plus fit UK numberplates, as it's now road-legal and buzzing around Buckinghamshire.
A lot of vendors are asking huge amounts of money for TFs right now, £30-35,000 for really top examples and £20-25,000 for most decent US imports. I'm not convinced they are selling at those prices, though, and I'm happy to pass this one on to a good home for £18,995. Please give me a call on 07711 901811 (UK Buckinghamshire) or reply to this post if you're interested - you won't regret it.
Thanks for reading.
At current exchange rates (.682 US$ to the £), that comes out to about $28,000 US$. Add another $4,000 for shipping (RO-RO or container) and brokerage, etc. and you're looking at $32,000 US$. That kind of money will buy an above-average TF, bordering perhaps on a show quality TF.
I might suggest two things Malcolm:- T-Series cars fetch much higher prices in Europe than they do in North America. Have a look at http://www.prewarcar.com/classifieds/parts-ads-by-make/ They offer the first ad for free.
A second suggestion Malcolm, would be to convert the car to RHD. Brown & Gammons offer a conversion kit, and you might want to explore that possibility. Alternately, you can sometimes find someone in North America, who is willing to exchange his RHD set-up for your LHD set-up, in which the only cost is shipping.
|Ha ha, thanks Gord - silly me. I looked around for the busiest TD-TF forum / bulletin board on the net, and in typically English fashion, assumed it was primarily based in the UK... We tend to forget over here that most of our best sports cars were snapped up by you discerning chaps in North America, and though many are coming back, the majority are still there!|
I was of course hoping a UK or European reader of the bulletin board might pick up on it...
Incidentally, my car carries a New England T Register membership plaque on the dash. I assume the Register keeps records of past members - I must check the number and ask if they can add to its history...
|Malcolm. I suggest putting it on the Totally T-Type website under Cars for Sale.|
|Thanks very much, Dave - good tip. I have done so...|
All best, Malcolm
As an early and long-time member of the NEMGTR (member #100), I can direct you to the Registrar, Jan Hurd, and he can give you the information you seek.
Jan Hurd - firstname.lastname@example.org
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