1948 MG TC Roadster  Chassis no. TC7309 Engine no. 5088

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Lot 26
1948 MG TC Roadster
Chassis no. TC7309 Engine no. 5088

US$ 18,000 - 22,000
£ 14,000 - 17,000
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1948 MG TC Roadster
Chassis no. TC7309
Engine no. 5088
The first of MG’s T-Series Midgets - the TA of 1936 - retained the classic lines established by the J2 and its successors. A larger car than the preceding PB, the TA featured a new longer-wheelbase chassis and offered increased passenger room inside more spacious bodywork, thus starting the process that would see the Midget grow in refinement, and weight, as the years progressed. 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 1,250cc XPAG-powered TB of pre-war days and possessed comparable performance (top speed was around 78mph) 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 that was responsible for starting the American love affair with the British sportscar, many of the 10,000 produced up to the end of 1949 finding customers in the United States.

The previous owner bought this right-hand drive MG TC from Bob Valpey of Center Harbor, NH. Painted in butterscotch tan with incorrect buttoned upholstery at time of acquisition, it was repainted in the early 1990s in far more appropriate British Racing Green livery and the interior re-upholstered in tan hide, these works being carried out by Chuck Troast of New England Classic MG. The current owner purchased the car in 2007, and although used it very little, commissioned a full engine rebuild and mechanical overhaul, and is offered in excellent condition throughout.
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