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MG TD TF 1500 - FOR SALE>>> My 1954 MG TF1500


1954 MG TF1500

One of only 3400 produced.

Chassis number; HDC46/6985
Engine number; XPEG849
Built on 10 Sept 1954
Left hand drive.
Original US license plate; GDA311
Autumn red and beige interior.
Black carpets,Tan tonneau.

When discovered in a collectors barn, this solid and straight 1954 MG TF1500 was begging to be restored to its former glory!
The owner was retiring to Ireland and selling off his collection of about 35 classic!!

Shipped out to the USA,California in Sept 1954,so a black plate dry state car.
Its last know use in the USA was in 1986.
Brought back home to the UK in 1997, where it lived in 3 owners dry barns!
Until 2012 when I bought it to restore.

Subject to a near total nut/bolt strip down & rebuild over the last year!!
Rust free straight chassis and body.
Chassis bare metalled then stone-chipped.
Body bare metalled, and painted in solid 2 pack Autumn red, Code RD06
New woodwork sections let into body frame where needed.
Thats both main sills and upper filler, rear lower sill, drivers door post
All new plywood panelling all round.
New suspension rubbers all round.
Suspension parts cleaned checked, sandblasted and painted.
New rear springs, new brakes, new wiring loom and electrics, new battery.
Full new interior re-trim, new aero-screens, new tonneau, all new chrome, rechromed grille surround and new slats, reversing lamp,custom made radiator, and custom made s/s exhaust.
Wheels refurbished, new hubcaps and new tyres.
Original engine and radiator had been removed by a previous owner for his 1949 MGTC.Ive got the gearbox
Ive fitted a rebuilt 1975 MG midget 1500tc engine and gearbox,with new clutch,done a hydraulic clutch conversion,using a new MGA dual master cylinder.
It not only looks the part,but goes very well and is very easy and cheap to maintain.
The ONLY modifications to fit this engine were;
I made a front engine mount in the style of the original to utilize the existing engine mount rubbers position on the chassis.
Drilled 2 holes to fit the gearbox mount rubbers.
2 x 1cm propshaft spacers, the 1975 Midgets front UJ fitted to the TFs prop!
Custom radiator and hoses to suit.
Simple job to replace with an original 1500 XPEG engine if you can find one!
In keeping with the original dash,I made a new panel and fitted the 2 main dials from the 1974 MG Midget,so they are compatible with the engine/box.
I also managed to locate a very rare 3 in 1 dial for the center in keeping with the original setup of amps,oil,temp.

As this car is most likely not going to be driven in the wet or rain,I have decided not to fit a new hood or sidescreens,or the windscreen or wipers!
All the above can easily be done if you want to, as I have the windscreen frame, wiper set up,hood frame.
And if you decide to find and fit an original engine,
then I have the dash and dials all ready for rebuilding and fitting.

In the UK cars built before 1960 no longer require an MOT.
This was useful in getting it registered for the UK,and is now fully road legal.
The MOT is now totally voluntary for pre 1960 cars.
But this will be sold with a new MOT.
I have approx 1000 photos of the car,
from as found in the barn,its delivery,and its stripdown and rebuild.
The new owner will get a disc with all the pictures and video clips.

If you are interested in purchasing my MG TF1500,then please ask me ANY!!questions you like,and I will answer.
I will also give you a link to my photo albums.
I appreciate that it is not totally 100% original,but it is an excellent,near mint car that can be driven without the fear of an original and rare engine going BANG!!
And if you happen to have a complete and running original XPEG engine in your garage,then its a dead easy job to convert it back!

I am happy to assist with worldwide shipping planning!
Viewings anytime in daylight,7 days a week,and I have a 4 post ramp.
If you want to fly in from Europe to view,the nearest airport using airport transfers tunbridge wells is Bristol International,and I am happy to collect you.

I have looked at the few examples for sale worldwide to arrive at what I regard as a very fair price,and ive been told I should be asking more.

My asking price is;

23,995 ovvvno

You can call me on
Home; 01454 881186 in the UK.
Mobile; 07966 271620
Please call only; GMT 0800-2000 any day.






I have yet to do a full photoshoot of the completed car,so some things in the above pics may not look finished.
Photoshoot will be done asap this week!!
Weather permitting!
Road trials have gone VERY well with only 2 minor problems cropping up,both now fixed.
Ive just got to finish fitting the tonneau when the supplier sends me another pack of lift the dots!

Nuther piccy!!


As delivered.


In the barn!
Please note reg in listing should be GDM 311




For those of you who know of and may be attending the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble on 18/19th May,the car will hopefully be on display in the cars for sale Motormart arena.
Come over and say hi,even if you dont want to buy it!
The price has also been cut to a

BARGAIN >>> £20995 <<<

For anyone who may have missed my post,
This car won an award at its 1st event!
Last weekend the 28th April at a well attended local event called WHEELNUTS.


Pilkie You have done a wonderful job! If I was younger I would be very tempted to try and buy that car. I have an XPEG engine, but unfortunately am passed the age of aquiring any more cars.

I have the parts to make a tuned XEPAG to go in my TD. Should be fun to put together my last engine. With the help of a local engine builder. To be sure it doesn't come unglude.

This may be my last chance to do some hotrodding. I have done some hotrod mods to about three engines in "T" series and have not regreted a single one.
Bob Jeffers

Hi Bob.
You are never past the age of acquiring more cars if you are still capable of working on them!
This would be a wonderfull opportunity for anyone with an XPEG engine to add to its value,as all the hard graft has been done!
As stated I am more than happy to deliver it to a UK port for shipping!

Am going to reduce the bargain price of;
And thats it!
If it doesnt sell at that I will keep it.



Whilst £19,995 may be an attractive proce for the UK market, it translates into about $31,000 US. Add to that $2,500 to ship, plus another $500 for brokerage, dock charges, etc; that comes to about $34,000 US bucks.

For that kind of money, one, if lucky, might find a museum car. An absolute grade 1 TF1500driver will fetch abt. $24,000 here (£15,000)

Undoubtedly £19,995 is a fair asking price for you, and without a doubt, the car looks lovey, even with its BMC engine. I would think that your best bet would be to turn to the European market. Advertise it in, and

I have never figured out why the disparity between North American and UK prices for the same cars, but that's the way it is.

You've done a gorgeous job on this TF. Good luck

Gord Clark
Rockburn, Qué.
Gordon Clark

I know the markets £-$ etc differ and that doesnt help!
It is advertised so anyone in the world should be able to see it!
There have been LHD cars over here that have sold for about £13000 and they need a full repaint,retrim,rechrome,and possibly more!
Its a deflated economy thats the reason nobody has the spare cash to spend on a new toy.


Could you possibly post a pic of the dashboard and steering wheel?

It/they appears to be different but attractive.

Gord Clark
Rockburn, Qu.

Gordon Clark

There were some dash pics on another thread...don't remember what one.
Nice job of using the "B" gauges as I recall.
David Sheward

Yep,here you are.
MG Midget 1974 speedo and rev,with a 3 in 1 amps,oil,temp from a Hillman super minx.
Cut a wood dash from some thick veneer,and have now fitted the original trim surround and replicated the layout for dials, knobs, lights.
15" motolita flat 60's 4 hole steering wheel totally refurbished and fitted to the correct boss,and used an old horn push center to screwfit the big enamel MG badge.


Another dash pic!


Its on Ebay and with a starting bid price of £12500.
Open to sensible offers!!!
If the link doesnt work,
Its item no; 230977206995




For those of you who know of and may be attending the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble on 18/19th May!
The car will be on display in the cars for sale Motormart arena.
Weather permitting,and if it hasnt been sold of course!!
Come over and say hi,even if you dont want to buy it!


Hi all.

MG TF1500 now sold,and deposit received.

Pending bank transfer of balance to complete the sale on monday,collection will happen next weekend.!

Its going to remain a UK registered car but will live most of the time at his holiday villa in the Dordogne,about 100km from Bordeaux!

Now what to do next??


Congratulations regarding your sale. The "Frenchman" is now the happy owner of a beautiful automobile you brought back to life.

Thank you for doing so.



Jerry Chandler 1951 TD

Well done Pilkie !!!
Did you work some vacation/Holiday time at the Villa into the deal ????


Thank you Jerry!
He is a british businessman with a holiday villa.

I wish I had thought of that at the time,a couple of weeks touring in the TR6 would of been nice!

Inspiration! Can I now {truthfully} tell my wife "Pilkie built and sold one for a profit" and somehow talk her into a new project?
efh Haskell

Yes you can!
Without disclosing £££££'s figures,I sold it for 25% more than it cost me to buy and restore!
It took me 1yr while holding down a fulltime tiring job,and some months I did nothing to it!

Congrats to the sale, though I'm sure you also miss it a bit...
Mike Fritsch

Hi all.

This will be the last instalment of my MG's year long story.
This morning at 10:00 the new owner collected it,and is currently driving it to his home in London,en route to its eventual new home as a holiday car on his farm in the Dordogne,France.

Also a big thank you to all those who helped with advice on any questions I asked!

Cheers Dave


I will have a few left over original TF parts for sale in the next week or so.
Gearbox,dash and dials,wheels,odds and ends!
Email me if interested.

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