20k: Trading Pabst For Port: 1954 MG TF
Many of the cars featured on the DailyTurismo are inexpensive
junk classics, the automotive equivalent of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, but today, just for a moment we are going to drop the empty can, pick up a fine glass of Chardonnay, extend our pinky finger and imagine living the high life. Find this 1954 MG TF with 1250cc engine for sale in SF Bay Area, CA for $22,500 via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.
Before you start sharpening the pitchforks, we don’t want to give the impression that DT is going to abandon its low-end search for awesome junk, we also like to point out that this could be a good deal for a wealthier car buyer. A quick search of the Hemmings website (also provided by Kaibeezy…who will be writing posts soon if I can trick him into it Tom Sawyer style!) showed a number of TFs for sale, but this one seems to be the best priced for the condition.
This TF is equipped with the smaller 1250 cc inline-4 cylinder XPAG engine (sometime mid year in 1954 they changed to the 1500 cc XPEG engine) which is good for 57.5 horsepower. That extra 0.5 HP could potentially make a difference given that the TF tips the scales at almost 2000 lbs.
The highlight of the TF experience must be the octagonal gauges – they just reek of class and scream to the world that the owners name must be Courtney, Theodore or Aloysius.
Not a bad way to spend the price of a new Nissan Cube and get something that won’t depreciate (much), will actually be fun to drive (sorta) and, most importantly, looks classy. No room for 24 packs of PBR in this one, only fine wine.
See a better postwar classic? Email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yall forgot to put the link to the craigslist ad.
And there is plenty of room for my PBR. Just strap a cooler to the boot.
Thanks for the catch, link is there now.
there's a grey poupon joke in here somewhere…
but seriously, what made this seem DT-worthy was the combo of the unexpectedly tool-like wwii navy surplus battleship gray paint and the humble Craigslist posting – i had no clue on the relative pricing, but the first non-wikipedia google result was that hemmings page – phd research skills coming in pretty handy there
I got a ride in one of these last week (for british car week of course). It certainly wasn't fast but it really feels like you are in a biplane. How can anyone say no to a fold down windshield?