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Rare Rides: South of the Border Waits an MG TF From 2003

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MG marked a return to its roadster roots after an extended slumber with its Nineteen Nineties F mannequin. Wanting extra, they developed it into at present’s Rare Experience, a TF from 2003.

The MG model had been on an extended hiatus ever because it stopped manufacturing of the (now) basic MGB convertible after the 1980 mannequin yr. After that yr, MG was decreased to what was principally a trim degree, used to indicate the efficiency variants of fashions on supply from the Austin Rover Group.

MG’s standing modified for the higher in 1993, with the reintroduction of the RV8 mannequin; a restricted version and V8-powered model of the previous MGB. Austin Rover dusted off the MG manufacturing line and constructed some new previous convertibles from 1993 to 1995.

The MGB’s brief-lived reincarnation was in preparation for one thing new — the F. The mannequin was developed throughout a making an attempt time for Rover Group, as its proprietor, British Aerospace, was in the course of of discovering an purchaser to take over its automotive belongings. Stated purchaser was BMW. By the time the F went on sale, Rover was beneath the management of the Roundel. The yr was 1995, and clients outdoors North America might head to their native Rover/MG supplier and purchase a model new MG.

Mid-engine and rear-drive, the F was a departure from previous MG fashions. The corporate hoped to take part in the early ’90s Roadster Revival, competing with automobiles like the Mazda Miata and Lotus Elan.

The F remained in manufacturing via 1999, at which level it was calmly revised right into a Mark II model. Gross sales continued via much more troubles at Rover Group, as BMW went about breaking apart its entities. In 2000 Land Rover went to Ford, and MG and Rover went to Phoenix. Manufacturing continued on the unique F by means of 2001, bringing us to the revised TF for 2002.

Redesigned and reworked to a substantial extent, the TF ditched the difficult hydragas suspension of the F, changing it with a extra typical coil spring suspension. The engines acquired modifications as properly, and, with new air induction and camshafts, produced extra energy than earlier variations.

Energy was offered by way of 1.6- and 1.eight-liter engines, all of inline-4 selection. Base 1.6 fashions generated 114 horsepower, whereas three totally different variations of the 1.eight-liter engine managed between 118 and 158 horsepower. Whereas most variations got here outfitted with a 5-velocity guide transmission, the most basic model of the 1.eight might be had with a Stepspeed CVT.

By most metrics, the MG TF was aggressive and profitable for a roadster providing from a small producer. However modifications in possession for Rover have been once more on the horizon. After simply over three years in manufacturing, Phoenix discovered itself in chapter. MG Rover stopped manufacturing, and the firm once more modified palms.

Nanjing Vehicle Group bought MG Rover’s belongings throughout the chapter motion, and began constructing the TF as soon as extra in 2007. The corporate moved manufacture from Longbridge in the UK to its personal manufacturing unit in Nanjing.

Longbridge was not omitted for lengthy, as in 2008 Nanjing began producing the TF in the UK as soon as extra. Staff at the Longbridge manufacturing unit assembled roadsters from CKD kits inbuilt China. The UK manufacturing enterprise was finally unsuccessful, and simply 906 TFs have been constructed there. The TF would stay in manufacturing in China by means of 2011.

At the moment’s Rare Journey is a 2003 TF, situated in Mexico. With a really low 6,200 miles on the clock, it asks $10,452.

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