Fancy a ‘new’ TF? Now, buy this!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Theo Ford-sagers www.tro­phy­

It may not seem like an ob­vi­ous in­vest­ment to­day, but back in March 2005, one col­lec­tor in North­ern Ire­land de­cided to sink nearly £24,000 into this top-spec MG TF 160, leave it in dry stor­age and see what hap­pens.

MG Rover Group’s days were num­bered. Ex­actly one month af­ter the ve­hi­cle was regis­tered on 15th March 2005, Long­bridge employees were handed their re­dun­dancy no­tices, mak­ing this one of the very last MG TFs made in Bri­tain.

A canny pur­chase then, but with an ask­ing price to­day of £16,000, it’s sadly not a prof­itable one for the brave in­vestor. But full marks to him for pre­serv­ing such a de­sir­able piece of late MG Rover his­tory.

Al­though the lure of a prac­ti­cally ze­romileage MG may be hard to re­sist, could you re­ally drive it?

‘As soon as you put 10,000 miles on it, its value would plum­met,’ ad­mits Kevin Marks, pro­pri­etor of Tro­phy Cars – an MGF and TF spe­cial­ist – which is now of­fer­ing the ve­hi­cle for sale.

‘ To be hon­est I’m hop­ing no­body buys it,’ adds Kevin, who sees this as a great long-term bet, ‘be­cause in 20 years it could be worth £50,000!’

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