Jan de Haldevang with his 1954 MG TF 1250 was the winner of the ClassicLine sponsored 2019 Gemini Events Pride of Ownership awards at the Breamore House 7th Hampshire Classic Motor Show. After the event, we caught up with Jan to find out more about his stunning classic MG.
Jan has owned the MG TF 1250 for just over 5 years after the car “found him” in the village where he lives in Oxfordshire.
The car spent the first 20 years of its life in Colorado in the USA. The car was eventually brought back to the UK in the early 1970’s through an Oxfordshire classic car specialist on behalf of its previous owner. The MG was in good condition but a slightly neglected state from ranch life, with an underused engine and heat damaged upholstery and paintwork. Once back in the UK, the car underwent a complete rebuild, with strict adherence to originality. The car was then stored in a heated barn in the Cotswold village for 30 years. Although seldom used, it was well cared for.
Jan came across the car during a brief but targeted local search for a classic car. Following a short negotiation with the owner, and a somewhat longer (and perhaps ongoing) campaign with his wife, Jan brought the MG back to its new home.