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MG TF Red '54

MG  TF Red '54 (1954)

Reference ch.1672
Make MG
Model TF Red '54
Type cabrio
Construction year 1954
KM 53000 miles
Cilinder displacement 1250
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive

(from Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia) The MG T series of cars (including the TA, TB, TC, TD, and TF) was a basic body-on-frame convertible sports car produced from 1936 through to 1955. It was replaced by the MGA. The TF was essentially a stop-gap car to keep production going until the new MGA could be approved for production by the BMC hierarchy which did not want a car that would compete with the newly-announced Austin-Healey. The TF launched in 1953 was a facelifted TD, fitted with the TD Mark II engine, a sloping radiator grille and the headlights in the wings. The external radiator cap was now a dummy as a pressurised cooling system was fitted to better cope with hot climates. In 1954 the engine was re-designated XPEG and enlarged to 1466 cc by increasing the bore to 72 mm (2.8 in) giving 63 bhp (47 kW) at 5,000 rpm and the car was designated the "TF1500". Production ended on 4 April 1955 after 9,602 TFs were made, including two prototypes and 3,400 TF1500s. The TF was superseded by the MGA. The TF name was reused in 2002 on the mid-engined MG TF sports car. Specifications. Body : length/width/height/wheelbase – in (in) : 373/152/133/239 (146.9/59.8/52.4/94.1); weight : 850 kg (1896 lb). Engine : 4cylinders-in-line 1466 cc (89 ci), front-mounted, 8 valves, 2 SU carburettors, 4-speed manual, rear-wheel drive. Maximum power : 63 bhp at 5500 rpm; torque : 103 Nm at 3000 rpm. Top speed : 140 km/h (87 mph).

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