MG TF

This MG TF is a fully sorted car with a full his­tory and is be­ing of­fered by a top mar­que spe­cial­ist. What’s not to like?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nick Larkin

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Be­ing a later model, this MG TF is on coil springs rather than the ear­lier Hy­dro­las­tic set-up of the MGF and it feels a lot more in­volv­ing to drive. The rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing also of­fers ex­cel­lent feed­back and feels pre­cise. Han­dling is en­ter­tain­ing and there’s plenty of poke from the mid-mounted en­gine sit­ting be­hind you. The gearchange is slick, al­beit slightly notchy, and the clutch is light. There is no jud­der­ing or squeal­ing from the brakes.

BODYWORK CHECK

The bodywork has been ex­tremely well looked af­ter and the car has sur­vived with­out as much as a ma­jor stonechip. All the plas­tic trim is in­tact and the Plat­inum Sil­ver paint­work has a smooth, even fin­ish. The panel gaps are even through­out. Un­der­neath the car is vir­tu­ally as good as it is on top – fur­ther proof of just how much care has been lav­ished. The blue hood has no rips or scuffs, and the 15in al­loys are in good or­der.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The in­te­rior of this car is a true de­light, and again in first class nick. The leather seats are com­fort­able and ab­sorb­ing, and look un­worn apart from a tiny bit of creas­ing on the driver’s side bol­ster that’s eas­ily treat­able (or just ig­nored). The in­stru­ments look great with their black-on-white di­als, al­though the or­ange glow of the mileage reader is in stark con­trast. The car­pets and door­cards are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. While the steer­ing wheel has a smooth­ness con­sis­tent with the car’s mileage, it doesn’t have any un­sightly marks or scuffs. The Ken­wood stereo works ex­actly as it should.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The mid-mounted 1.8-litre en­gine in this car seems in rude health and of­fers flex­i­ble and en­ter­tain­ing per­for­mance. It looks ex­tremely clean (at least what can be seen of it) and there are no signs of leaks. The car has just had a full ser­vice, in­clud­ing the cam­belt, and the im­pres­sion is that it’s ready for years of en­joy­able mo­tor­ing.

OUR VER­DICT

We doubt MG TF prices will get any lower than they are at the mo­ment, al­though ob­vi­ously you could pay a bit less for an ex­am­ple in not such great con­di­tion and it would be so easy to end up with a dud. How­ever, here we have a car with two pre­vi­ous own­ers and full ser­vice his­tory. It’s been thor­oughly ser­viced and pre­pared for sale by a mar­que spe­cial­ist, and comes with a three-month war­ranty. It feels ready to play. If you’re af­ter an open-topped MG, this car should cer­tainly be con­sid­ered be­fore you pay at least four times the price for an MGB.

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