For background information on the various T-series MGs, click here.
Was the facelift a Styling Crime? It seemed so for TC and TD true believers, as best I recall.
Me? Well, I rather liked the TF's looks. While the classical, upright stance of previous T-series roadsters had been eliminated, the new hood (bonnet), grille and headlamp schemes (those where the most visible changes) created a more aggressive appearance while remaining in the classic 1930s British sporting car mode.
The TD was a slightly filled-out version of the rather spindly TC (see link, above). Come to think of it, the TD came in for some criticism thanks to those changes. Note the horizontal hood line, the nearly-vertical grille and freestanding headlamps.
Here we see the hood line sloping downwards a little, the grille leaning backwards and the headlamps partly sunk into the slightly modified fenders (wings).
Was the MG TF really a Styling Crime? Only for ultra-traditionalist TC and TD fans, say I.