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The Naylor TF 1700 was inspired by the MG TF built at Abingdon during the 1950’s. They were developed as an improved form of the original with increased power and improved braking and suspension but still retaining the looks, styling and spirit of the original. These cars were fully type approved and had the full backing of the Austin/Rover group. The chassis is steel, the body is mounted on an ash frame and the body panels are also steel. To meet legislative requirements of the 1980’s, the doors had to have forward hinges and instruments had to be in front of the driver rather than in the centre of the dash. The engine is an Austin Rover ‘O’ series 1700cc unit with four speed gearbox.
This beautifully presented low mileage example has covered just 32,000 miles from new and has been with its most recent owners for 22 years. Whilst this example was built it in 1986, it was dry stored and not actually registered until 1993 when it was subsequently sold to a collector based in Godalming in Surrey who never actually drove the car. The car didn't spend long in Surrey, in late 1993 it was sold to a private owner in Warwickshire who placed the private registration mark 229 BFW onto the car to give it a more period look. The car was now getting use for the first time and after two years of motoring, the TF was sold to a BMW dealership in Warwick where it stayed for two years. On the 1st February 1997, the most recent owners bought the car from the Warwick dealership and have loved owning this wonderful car for 22 years.
The Naylor's long term owners bought the car whilst living in Herefordshire but after several years of ownership moved to France and took the car with them. The Naylor has been thoroughly enjoyed for many years, touring the rural roads of Western France in fine weather and has led a sheltered, cosseted life where it's been maintained with no expense spared and has been polished, detailed and kept looking its best. Although the owners moved to France, they still attended Naylor Car Club UK events and organised a Club holiday to Normandy visiting Monet's Garden, Honfleur, and the Normandy coast. The owners also joined the French Car Club, AVA, Amicale Vehicules Anglais (Friends of English Cars) based in the Loire Valley which was around one hour from their home. One of the longest distance touring trips covered in the Naylor was in 2009 when the car was taken to Switzerland where it performed faultlessly on mountain roads so the car has a proven record or reliable touring.
229 BFW is accompanied by a file of invoices showing careful and regular maintenance and has arrived with us directly from France in showroom condition and ready to sell. The car is in delightful condition, is original with excellent paintwork and bodywork, lovely chrome, a smart clean interior and full weather requirement. On the road 229 BFW is delightful and is as set out, far more advanced than an original 50's TF. It's powerful, keeps up with modern traffic, ideal for long distance touring and as expected with its low mileage, is in strong mechanical order, will be sold with a fresh service and 12 months MOT and is UK registered.