Meet our car of the month - Marvellous MG TF 1250
The sight of a vintage MG sports car, in British racing green, has melted the hearts of many. And the example on display in our museum is a prime example of the MG’s ability to stir memories, nostalgia and emotions.
You can’t walk past it without getting the urge to put on your driving gloves, wrap a silk scarf around your neck, and take to the leafy country lanes of a British summer!
Our example of MG magnificence is a 1954 MG TF 1250. It was perhaps the most desirable of MG’s post-war T types.
It has a 1250cc four-cylinder engine, a four-speed gear box and a top speed of around 90mph.
There are a few quirks – the instrument panel is placed centrally. That was to allow for both left- and right-hand versions to come off the production line. And if you look closely, you will see a dummy radiator cap sitting proudly at the front of the bonnet. It was for styling only. It actually uses a pressurized cooling system with the functional cap located under the bonnet.
The first ever MG was constructed by Cecil Kimber using a Morris Oxford chassis with a Hotchkiss 750cc engine. The first MG Midget appeared in 1928 and developed into the M type which was phenomenally successful.
MG’s approach was to build cars that could withstand hours of high-speed competitive testing and then incorporate the design specifications into sports models for public use.
The company has always been known for two-seater open-top sports cars. But it also built coupes and saloons.
The T series was exported worldwide in the years after World War Two and is regarded as a beautiful little British car with a big ability to turn heads. So, take a trip to the Lakeland Motor Museum and let your mind travel back in time to an era when the little MG was the big star of the sports car world.