Date of publication: 2018-05-06 06:25
It is quite remarkable how a car which was basically a "stop-gap" should have enjoyed so much success, generating sales figures far beyond those experienced before the war.
The MGTA suffered from a poor performing engine and in 1989 the MGTB was introduced with the now famous XPAG engine. Only a few were produced as in a few months World War II broke out. At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1989, production of cars at MG in Abingdon had given way to production and maintenance of machines of war, as it had at most other engineering plants over the whole country. A very wide variety of jobs were undertaken, ranging from servicing guns and production of aircraft parts to overhauling tanks. No job was too large, too small, or too difficult for the workers at MG.
The intention was to produce a sports car with the traditional . flair but more civilised and, therefore, more attractive to the all-important export market. In volume terms, the TD was the most successful of all the T-types. The vast majority of the 29,665 cars produced went abroad mainly to the ., where for most of its life it was the only cheap British sports car available. During the production run, many cars were built to competition specification and designated as TD Mk II or TD/C.
The chassis was stamped with the letters TF followed by the chassis number, whereas on the identification plate the following BMC prefixes were used, followed by a slash:
TF – At the time of its launch, the TF was criticised as a “breathed over” TD, a stop-gap before BMC would allow a more streamlined shape to be marketed (which became the MGA). Today, the aesthetic changes from the TD are regarded as inspired, despite the short time they took to develop, resulting in (arguably) the prettiest of the T-Types.
It is believed that only two Airline coupes were produced, of which one survives in the . 8558 TAs were produced and the purchase price of each was £222 (sports), £269 (Tickford) and £295 (Airline).
Having left school at the age of 15, Bob Frampton pursued a short career in the army before returning to civilian life and completing a degree in History at Durham University. Completing a second degree in Law he taught in further education for the predominance of his working life. Upon retiring Bob became an active volunteer at Abingdon County Hall Museum, Oxfordshire, where his research has uncovered much of Abingdon s unwritten history.
One departure from the old Midget which raised the hackles of the "hardy" MG enthusiasts, was the use of 15 inch pressed steel wheels rather than the old spindly 19 inch wire wheels. These looked slightly out of place on a car with such old-fashioned bodywork, especially at the rear where they didn't quite fill the wheel arches.
Consequently, the MG design team developed a ‘ compromise’ model based on the existing TD, which then turned out to be the Classic TF. The TF was produced until funding was approved for production of the MGA.
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