Property of a deceased's estate 1949 MG Coachwork by Midget TC Roadster Registration no. 351 XUW Chassis no. TC10104 Engine no. XPAG10823
The first of MG's T-Series Midgets - the TA of 1936 - retained the classic lines established by the J2 and its successors while being larger in every dimension. Three years later the outwardly-similar TB Midget debuted the all-new, 1,250cc, XPAG, overhead-valve engine, a power unit which would form the mainstay of MG production for years to come. Performance was improved over the TA's, for although slightly smaller in capacity than its predecessor, the shorter-stroke XPAG revved higher and was more powerful, its 54bhp being sufficient to propel the Midget to a top speed approaching 80mph.
Announced late in 1945, the TC Midget was based on the pre-war TB and possessed comparable performance while featuring a widened (by 4") body and improved suspension incorporating Luvax-Girling hydraulic dampers. More than any other car, it was the MG TC which was responsible for starting the American love-affair with the British sports car, many of the 10,000 produced up to the end of 1949 finding customers in the United States. 'No car has done so much to maintain open-air motoring and to support the demand that exists all over the world for sports car performance and characteristics in a car of not exorbitant cost and at moderate running costs,' observed The Autocar magazine in October 1945, expressing sentiments that every TC-owning MG enthusiast would heartily endorse today.
This right-hand drive TC was imported into the UK in 2009 by it late owner and comes with State of Georgia bill of sale and Louisiana certificate of title. Additional documentation consists of various old MoT certificates, V5C registration document and sundry invoices for parts, mainly supplied by Moss.