West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional and very rare mostly all original example of this 1949 MG TC Roadster with its original matching #'s engine and a truly superb example of the diminutive, classically styled two-seat Roadster that is credited with sparking America's love affair with imported sports cars after World War II.
Chassis no. TC/7784
Engine no. XPAG/7601
Matching #'s 1,250cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU H2 Carburetors
70bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Beam Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Well-preserved condition with many factory finishes intact
An absolutely beautifully restored and maintained example with striking livery and very desirable and rare period accessories and an ideal example for entry into classic shows and touring events
This 1948 MG TC, chassis TC7784, benefits handsomely from a well-maintained older restoration in very striking colors. Featuring glossy 'Black' paint over supple 'Red' leather upholstery, and a striking matching Red grille! It retains its original XPAG 1,250 cc engine and correct mechanicals, plus excellent ash wooden body framing and a clean undercarriage. Period-correct accessories include proper Lucas lamps with covers, signals and hardware, a matching canvas full cab, tools, spare parts & half-zip tonneau cover.
This Elegance Classic English MG TC was built on 1 February, 1949, (Tuesday) in Abingdon, England. It is car number 7784, one of the 10,000 MG TC models built between 1945 and 1949. It has the original matching engine, XPAG 7601, with four cylinders and 1250 cc displacement yielding 54 horsepower. Its top speed was factory rated at 75 miles per hour with acceleration from 0 to 50 mph at 14.7 seconds.
This TC was imported to North America in the early 1950 by International Motors, Inc., a foreign car dealer at 5670 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California. It was immaculately restored mostly to its original condition in 1977 by the previous owner, the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee (one of the plaques attached to the car's front bumper) and has been maintained to the highest standard ever since.
The car's original matching #'s 1,250cc XPAG inline-four is equipped with twin SU carburetors and was reportedly rebuilt in 2012 with additional work performed in 2012 included 5 new 'Blockley' tires, tubes and rim tape, a new stainless steel exhaust system, new oil filter system, new Optima 25 battery. Rebuild brake, brake wheel and master cylinder, rebuild near axle bearing and seal with oil leak prevention kit, rebuild fuel pump with solid state, rebuild distributor, rebuild shock absorbers, rebuild SU carburetors, and rebuild steering gear box with front end alignments.
This TC was participated in the 2012 Kirkland Concours d'Elegance, the 2013 Concours d'Elegance at The Wood, 2014 Crescent Beach Concours d'Elegance, 2015 Luxury Supercar & Canadian Concours d'Elegance and was loaned to the America's Car Museum (LeMay) for Exhibits. The car has been driven very few miles since then.
Riding on correct painted wire wheels with period style 4.50-19 'Blockley tires', this 1949 MG TC is a wonderful example of one of the worlds all-time most important sports cars and an archetypal prewar British sports car design that carried over into the postwar period.
The TC was built between 1945-49 and was the primary influence in turning Americans onto European sports cars. It has since achieved rare 'Milestone' status and with its classic lines, freestanding headlamps, upright radiator shell, sweeping front fenders, rakish cutaway doors, fold down windshield, abbreviated tail which houses the fuel tank and spare tire, and 19" diameter wire wheels with knock off hubs.
The simple 1250cc cast iron four cylinder engine was a revelation and the cars agility made a strong impact on American car racers, including famously Carrol Shelby whose first race car was a TC and which sold at Barrett Jackson in 2015 for over $500K. No left hand drive models were ever built and now any good example is a cult favorite and sure fire collectible British Sports car and rare matching #'s well sorted examples like this one will always attract the most discerning of collectors.
This extraordinarily charming and obviously exceptionally well preserved and stock TC presents absolutely beautifully inside and out. It is apparent that some extremely high-quality and factory correct restoration work was performed in the past, with many original factory finishes remaining intact, including much of the chrome and brightwork. The car also drives as well as it must have when new, mechanically it has absolutely no known issues, turn key ready. Very rare to find original matching numbers engine with ID plates and factory stampings are in place with classic silver painted wire wheels fitted, with a 5th spare strapped to the back.
In summary it would be hard to find a finer matching #'s example available anywhere else.