2021 Shannons '40th Anniversary' Timed Online Auction

1947 MG TC Roadster

$30,000 - $35,000


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Engine 1250cc four-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Engine No. XPAG8688
Chassis No. TC/ 7940
Body Work Roadster
Colour British Racing Green
Interior Beige
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Wire spoked
Brakes Drum/drum

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The TC was a landmark car in the long and proud history of MG, becoming the first British sports car to sell in serious numbers and more importantly, to find favour with the American market, paving the way for generations of Triumphs, Healeys and the like. The TC may have been a mildly revamped version of the short-lived TB when launched in 1945, but the formula of traditional sports car styling, willing performance and affordability made the new MG a winner, with some 10,000 examples rolling off the production lines at Abingdon over the next five years. Some useful modifications were made to the TB's suspension, with new shock absorbers and conventional springs in place of the sliding trunnion set-up of the pre-war model. The willing 1250cc four-cylinder engine produced 54 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, delivered to the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on second, third and top gears for easier changes. The MG's utterly traditional appearance made no concessions to modern styling trends, with an upright radiator, flowing wings and a fold-flat windscreen and lacked such amenities as bumper bars or even a heater - all of which only enhanced the TC's appeal to hardy sports car drivers around the world. The XPAG engine responded well to tuning tweaks and the TC was soon winning races all around the globe, including here in Australia. Many TCs were highly developed into specials, often seen competing in vintage events. Popular with film stars and racing drivers alike - Clark Gable and future World Champion Phil Hill were both TC owners, while Carroll Shelby, future creator of the legendary Cobra cut his teeth on one. The MG TC remains as popular as ever, offering bags of charm and driver appeal along with a thriving club scene.


- 1949 MG TC
- Original British Racing Green paint
- Very honest condition 

An icon of the classic car world, the MG TC continues to have broad appeal thanks to its timeless looks, simple mechanicals, and its promise of open-air adventures. This 1949 MG TC is in decent condition throughout, incredibly still wearing its original British Racing Green paint but with a renewed beige vinyl interior, on silver-painted knock-off wire wheels, with a grey soft top. Under the bonnet is the ubiquitous 1250cc MG four-cylinder, this one dressed with a Brooklyn aluminium rocker cover and cap. A power booster has been added to the all-drum braking system, and a new higher-ratio differential installed for more relaxed highway cruising. A radiator header tank has also been installed to avoid overheating. There are nice detail touches too, like a single driving light and badge bar up front, wind deflectors either side of the windscreen and a pair of high-mounted indicators to help in modern traffic. Five new tyres (ie including the spare) have also just been fitted. Recent work according to the owner has included reconditioned shock absorbers, new hub seals and new differential and wheel bearings. The TC also comes with a tonneau cover. All in all, it’s a nice, honest example that unusually hasn’t been repainted during its lifetime. It could easily be used as is or benefit from some further TLC. Previously on Victorian club registration, this 1949 MG TC is being offered for sale here unregistered.

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