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 craigslistTip 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.

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