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  1. 1955two door roadster, Engine # XPEG3593, Car # HDA46/9814with 83,749 miles. There were only 3400 TF1500's made in 1955 andthis was the last year the TF1500 was made. Thevery last MG TF1500 was made on April 4, 1955, and carried thechassis number HDE23/10100. Hence, this particular MG TF1500 for salewas part of the last 286 ever produced. Thisvehicle has been garage kept for 40 years and runs great (so fun todrive). Itcomes with a black convertible top and black side curtains.TheTF is the last of the traditional MG "midgets" withheadlights molded into the fenders, sloping radiator grille, andpressurized cooling system with simulated external radiator cap. Thiscar has good tires, carpet is in good shape, it's original leatherseats, and various original TF1500 handbooks and owners manuals. Alittle history: FollowingWWII, the first British sports car to capture American hearts was theMG TC. This popularity would prompt MG to build a model designedspecifically for the US in 1949: the MG TD was instantly a success.It was not long; however, before MG dreamed of competing with the newTriumph TR2 or Austin-Healey 100, hence the TF was born and unveiledin 1953. When introduced, the MG TF was powered by the same XPAG 1250cc engine that had driven the TD. A mere 3hp increase brought littleimprovement in performance, although 0-60mph times improved by nearlyfive seconds to 18.9 (which at the time was still quite slow).Salvation would come within a year, in the form of an additional250 cubic centimeters. The MG TF 1500 was fitted with a new XPEGengine based on the powerplant fitted in EX179, the MG that ran arecord-breaking 120mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the hands ofGeorge Eyston and Ken Miles. No doubt, the publicity helped MG TFsales and, with the exception of 1500 badges replacing the 1250, theold and new MG TFs were externally identical. $30,000