Story of the Rebirth of the 1955 MGTF 1500
In mid-1972, I came upon a battered TF
1500 with a FOR SALE sign on a street in Beirut, Lebanon. Even though
she was in very sad shape, I bought her after being assured by a pair of
Lebanese mechanical geniuses that they could turn her into a reasonably
reliable runner. This they proceeded to do by junking the original
engine and drive-train (which I should have had them save, but did not)
and installing an MGA 1500 engine, along with an early MGB gearbox and
rear-end, in their place. As one might imagine, some fairly serious
cutting and welding here and there on the frame and body panels were
necessary to make everything fit.
British Racing Green, the car then ran quite nicely, and I drove her
happily for the next 5 years or so the last two of which were spent at
home in Silver Spring, Md. Then, in 1977, knowing that we were due to go
overseas again, I made a start at dismantling the car for storage in my
Over a decade passed before we came home
for good, and almost another decade elapsed before I retired and decided
to get serious about pursuing a thorough, professional restoration
something my son Philip and I had talked and dreamed about for a long
way, we were lucky to have collected a proper TF engine (in Cyprus, a
graveyard for old British cars) and drive train (in South Carolina),
plus a replacement frame (from Abingdon Spares) a new cockpit (from
England), plus various other bits and pieces from Moss Motors and a
variety of other sources.
The accompanying photos show her in her original MG Red, the culmination
of an ambition born almost 40 years ago.
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