1955 MG TF 150035000-45000  - 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 446579

as of 5/30/2017

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Lot 128

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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 1955 MG TF 1500
VIN HDE 26/9172 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Registration UT3210 
Mileage 34,150 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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Known History

1955 MG TF 1500

Chassis no: HDE 26/9172

Engine no: XPEG/3007


At the request of struggling dealerships who had buyers barking for more power, the MG TF1500 was introduced in July 1954 with an enlarged version of the XP-series engine, and its 1466cc produced a solid 63bph taking it to a top speed of 85mph. Most of this production series was delivered to the USA and, according to Graham Robson in “Essential MG,” was never officially released in the UK. The TF was the last of the classic Midget designs with the MGA firmly in the sights of BMC and launched as the TF’s replacement in September 1955.


Of the production run of 9,600 MG TFs, 3,400 were 1500 models. Both 1250 and 1500 engines were OHV 4 cylinders with a 4-speed manual gearbox; drum brakes front and rear; independent front suspension with coil springs and a live axle with leaf springs at the rear. The two models achieved 0- 60mph in 18.9secs/16.3secs respectively.


This very original New Zealand delivered car has had only 2 previous owners and has an odometer reading of a mere 34,150 approx. It was bought by Roy Savage in May 1979 being the third MG to be selected for the growing collection. Its original accessories such as jack and tool kit accompany the car. This sporting MG TF with the higher capacity engine presents a unique opportunity to acquire a rare car being both New Zealand delivered and one of only a few MG TF 1500s delivered outside of America. Roy Savage particularly wanted this car for its low mileage and because it had essentially been held in the South Island where the lower humidity is friendly to the motor car. As the story goes, this MG TF was a gift to a man’s wife, who refused to drive it because her husband attended the Melbourne Cup without her. Hence, the low mileage.

This vehicle will be sold licenced with WoF.