Featured Listing – 1955 MG TF-1500 Roadster

1955 MG TF-1500

1955 MG TF-1500 Roadster

  • Matching-numbers example
  • Restored, turn-key condition
  • Final year of traditionally styled MG sports cars
  • Eligible for many historic road rallies and events
  • Offered at $39,000 USD

Beginning with the TA, the MG T-series cars began production before the second World War, and survived nearly two decades later with a seemingly endless amount of development along the way. The finale to the series was the TF-1500, which offered buyers a car similar to the popular TC and TD, but with everything from improvements to the cooling system to the replacement of bench seating to individual, adjustable seats. The TF – and especially the TF-1500 – was a much more complete package designed to take on the competition.

Offered today is one of these last-of-the-breed TF-1500s. This 1955 MG TF-1500 Roadster is offered from a repeat seller at SCD Motors, who has left what he says is his “best TF” till last. Chassis HDE34/7418 emerged from the factory on October 13th, 1954, where it started life wearing an Almond Green exterior color that would later be changed to the MG Red that shows today. The interior is now dressed in a matching and factory correct red leather interior with white piping.

A matching-numbers example, per the supplied BMIHT Certificate, the TF-1500 still utilizes the same running gear that it was delivered with over 60 years ago. Described as rust free example, this MG is said show at a very high level, with a detailed engine compartment and undercarriage, as evidenced from the images. While some of the chrome finishes aren’t 100% accurate, the overall package is highly appealing.

Mechanically this TF-1500 is described to be ready to use. The seller said that it is highly sorted, and has benefitted recently from the following preventative maintenance below:

  • New points, distributor cap, condenser and spark plugs fitted
  • Carburetors and fuel system checked
  • Air filters cleaned
  • Fluid levels checked
  • Generator and voltage regulator checked
  • Cooling system evacuated and exchanged for water

Its original XPEG 1,466cc four-cylinder engine is said to run smooth and crank instantaneously without fail. Its 4-speed manual gearbox is much of the same, operating without issue with a clutch that’s described as healthy. With its chrome wire-wheels now shod in new rubber, the seller claims this TF drives and handles like it should.

1955 MG TF-1500 Roadster
Chassis: HDE43/7418
Engine: XPEGTF1274
Odometer showing 1,927 miles

The items below are included in the sale of this TF-1500:

  • New, full tonneau cover (Unopened and still in box)
  • Period-correct Lucas PL700 and SLD/SPF-576 lighting
  • Original crank handle
  • MG jack and crank
  • Period-correct air pump
  • Correct “Thor” brass-headed hammer for knock-off hubs
  • Antique polished-brass “Presto” fire extinguisher (show use only)
  • Tool kit
  • Workshop manual, driver’s handbook and routine service manual
  • BMIHT Certificate
  • Clean Florida title

The MG TF model has struck a chord with our readers at Sports Car Digest. With their undeniable charm, small cost of entry and great eligibility for driving events, the TF makes it easy to understand why.  This restored TF-1500 seems like the perfect fit for someone looking for a turn-key, British motoring experience.

This 1955 MG TF-1500 Roadster is offered privately at $39,000 USD.  To schedule an appointment to view this MG at its South Florida residence please Click Here.  As always, pre-purchase inspections are encouraged.

1955 MG TF-1500 Roadster For Sale – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)


  1. Better than new, for sure. Lovely!

  2. Kathleen Bergeron says:

    Oh, such a lovely little car. When I was in grade school, I came across Don Stanford’s wonderful book, “The Red Car” in the school library. Been hooked on classic sports cars ever since. The one in the book was a red TC, but this one’s close enough to bring back memories of that great story. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Bill Bostian says:

    I have a different take on my TF. It is a ’53 body, with some “guts,” a ’59 or “60 LeMans Twin Cam engine and, a mostly MGA steering mechanism.All put together by a MG apprentice mechanic (not me) back in 1960. I’ve had it since 1985. It goes pretty fast for a car of this era. It’s front end is remarkably like the one pictured but without the badges.

  4. Rafe Lapham says:

    Would you work out a trade for a 1959 Morgan Plus 4?

  5. Hola, me encanto el auto si esta disponible y a la venta informame mi tel en la Ciudad de México 55 5813 9281 movil 55 5185 2506 gracias.

  6. El auto está precioso ponte en contacto via e mail, gracias

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