1954 MG TF 125032000-38000  - Estimate

The Roy Savage Collection of Classic Cars

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AUCTION: Sunday 4 December 2016, 2.30pm

Thursday 1 December, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 2 December, 10.00am – 7.00pm
(Extended Evening Viewing, 5.00pm – 7.00pm)
Saturday 3 December, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 4 December, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Viewing Location
19 Omahi Street, Waikanae 5036

Auction Location
Southward Car Museum
Otaihanga Rd, Otaihanga
Paraparaumu 5036
New Zealand

Reference Number 446383

as of 5/30/2017

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Lot 105

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23 Falcon Street, Parnell  Phone  +6495246804  City  Paraparaumu
Auckland 1052  Fax    State  
New Zealand  Mobile    Country  New Zealand New Zealand
Car 1954 MG TF 1250
VIN HDE 13/6404 
Exterior / Interior Color      Green /      Tan 
Registration UT3209 
Mileage 109,200 miles 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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Known History

1954 MG TF 1250

Chassis no: HDE 13/6404

Engine no: XPAG/TF/36283


MG enthusiasts often enthusiastically refer the TF as the prettiest of the traditional-style MG sports cars with its more streamlined bodywork including the raked back, new flowing wings and sloped frontal aspect to the radiator. Styled on the TD, it retained the same chassis and running gear and essentially the same shell. But it had undergone a considerable facelift to compete with the Austin-Healey and Triumph TR2 which were launched at the same Motor Show. New aerodynamics were afoot and the buyers were hungrily ordering MG competitors new advancements in design.


The TF was a sleeker car than previous MG’s. The radiator shell was lower; wire wheels were available as an option and the big fuel tank more raked. The front and rear wings were flared; headlamps semi recessed and wing mirrors were available. Inside the cockpit a new centred dashboard design with octagonal shaped Jaeger instruments were incorporated to create the modernist look needed to capture the extremely competitive market. Under the bonnet, the car was essentially the same as the late TD’s but with a slightly boosted output from 54bph to 57bph due to the larger SUs.


This highly desirable TF 1250cc is presented in the classic dark green livery with tan vinyl interior. It was first registered in the UK, in 1954 and imported in to New Zealand in 1966 registered to Mr. Dennis Cavaghn with a recorded mileage of 74,281. According to the New Zealand Certificate of Registration, it changed ownership between 1967 and 1975 and passed through several ownerships. Roy Savage bought the car privately from John Caulfield in early 1979, who wrote, ”…the majority of the cars life, since its importation from the UK as a personal possession, has been spent in the Hawkes Bay area. The climate there would probably account for the good original condition. I have been unable to gain any further historical detail beyond that I have given you…” It currently reads 9,200 approx having gone around the clock and presents as a good, straight original car and a charming example.


This vehicle will be sold licenced with WoF.