July 14, 2024
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Hidden Treasure: Vintage 2003 MG TF Found in Scrapyard

During my recent whirlwind four-day trip to explore the car graveyards of Yorkshire, England, the MG F/TF was at the top of my list to capture. I stumbled upon a lone example at the York U-Pull-It yard. Despite its rough condition, this discarded MG F/TF represents the final gas-powered two-seat roadster bearing MG’s iconic octagon badge, making it a true gem.

I had previously admired a British Racing Green MG F at the “MG — 100 Years of Motoring & Passion” exhibit in Diekirch, Luxembourg. The idea of importing an F/TF to the United States under the 25-year rule crossed my mind, reminiscing about my college days with a 1973 MGB-GT. However, practicality set in, realizing I didn’t have space for both an F/TF and a future Mitsuoka Le Seyde.

The development of the MG F project commenced in 1984 under Austin Rover, eventually coming to fruition in 1995 as a showroom model under BMW’s ownership. The MG F evolved into the TF with a restyling by MG Rover in 2002, featuring a non-Hydragas suspension.

Following BMW’s sale of MG in 2000, the brand passed through various hands before existing under Nanjing Automobile Group. The TF’s production ceased in Britain in 2005 but resumed in China from 2007 to 2011.

The TF’s charm stems from its unique British heritage and design, despite the challenges faced by its manufacturer.

The TF featured Rover K-series engines ranging from 1.6 to 1.8 liters, positioned mid-mounted to drive the rear wheels. It offered a quintessential British driving experience.

In the UK, you can find great deals on MG TFs, with prices ranging from modest sums to higher-end offers.

Despite its eventual production halt in Britain, the TF’s legacy lives on due to its charisma and unique appeal.

FAQ

1. Can I still buy an MG TF in the UK?

Yes, you can find MG TFs for sale in the UK with varying price ranges.

2. What engines were available in the MG TF?

The MG TF featured Rover K-series engines in 1.6 or 1.8-liter displacements.

Conclusion

The MG TF represents a piece of British motoring history, showcasing the charm and character of classic MG roadsters. Despite its production challenges, the TF continues to hold a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts for its unique design and driving experience.

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