Ultimate Midget: 1955 MG TF 1500

  • January 26, 2021
The Rundown
  • Ultimate Development of MG’s Beloved Pre-War Midgets
  • Desirable Late-Production 1500cc Example
  • 63 HP, 1,466cc ‘Twin Carb’ XPEG Engine
  • 4-Speed Manual Gearbox and Independent Front Suspension
  • Nice Mid-2000s Refurbishment and Preservation
  • Accompanied by Original Sales Invoice
Why We Like It

As the final evolution of MG’s famed and influential prewar ‘Midget’, the 1953-1555 TF remained close to its delightful stylistic roots with select visual refinements while offering a far better driving experience including many mechanical updates. Among them were the independent front suspension and improved chassis ushered in by the prior TD Mk II. Early TFs are powered by MG’s long-running XPAG 1,250cc engine, succeeded for the last ‘54-‘55 cars produced by the 63hp, 1,500-cc XPEG engine. While its run was relatively brief, the TF was particularly successful in America and bought its maker some precious time while the new, envelope-bodied MGA was developed. According to marque experts, just 6,200 examples of the TF were produced in all.

ultimate-midget-1955-mg-tf-150077037121-770-0@2XSporting factory specified red paint, this absolutely delightful 1955 MG TF 1500 carries single-family provenance from new when it was purchased from Wisconsin Auto Sales Co. on Christmas Eve 1955 by the seller's father-in-law. It continues to look great from a well-preserved mid-2000s refurbishment, including a repaint, re-chroming of the bumpers, brake service, and replacement of the folding soft top and top frame. Power is supplied by the numbers-matching 1,466cc XPEG inline-four with twin S.U. carbs paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. This TF is offered on behalf of its current owner with 1955 sales paperwork, knock-off wheel tools, and a clean Wisconsin title in the owner's name.


We just love classic sports cars with single-family loving care that have never been fully dismantled and totally restored. Cars that have just been selectively refurbished and only as required. This final-year MG TF seems to be that kind of classic. We also love the fact that our subject has the ultimate cosmetic and mechanical features for great looks and an even better drive. Heck, it even comes with the original sales invoice confirming original details! Strangely, this very car was sold on Christmas Eve 2020 (65 years to the day after it was originally purchased!) for $35,500 on Bring a Trailer, and yet it’s already back on the market. Having said that, the seller has priced it to match, albeit with a slight haircut to get the job done. We love it, and while it’s priced higher than most other TFs offered over the past few years, we think it’s certainly worth the premium for its single-family provenance, fully known history, and nice presentation.

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