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Lot 412: MG TC Midget Two Seater

Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, Bonhams (3 June 2012)

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. Directly descended from a series that began with the TA Midget in June 1936, the sports model of Nuffield's Morris family echoed the earlier overhead cam MG M, J and P and the magical 6-cylinder K and N Midgets. The pushrod overhead valve four-cylinder T-series made sense, economic sense, and fortunately it still reflected the sporting sensibilities of Sid Enever and Cecil Kimber. By modern standards the live axle semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension of the TA, TB and TC was stiff and unyielding. Judged by the rigid suspensions of earlier Midgets, however, it was smooth and compliant. That dichotomy may reflect why it came to be revered by a generation of GI's who were too old to have experienced Stutz Bearcats and Mercer Raceabouts and thought "sports car" meant an MG that was quick, responsive, light, small and simple. To many, the 1945-1949 TC is the ultimate classic MG. This gorgeous TC displays a superb restoration in magnificent colors of claret bodywork and beige trim. The car's look is unquestionably enhanced by the handful of special options and period accessories that it carries which include original Lucas "Cat Eye" convex headlamps, dual spares, finned aluminum brake drums, chrome plated wheels and a beautiful wood dashboard. Its fine condition reflects the fact that only 1,000 miles have been covered since a comprehensive frame off restoration was completed on the car in the early 1980s. Careful ownership ever since ensured that the car would remain a Show Winner in the Texas Region of the MG T Register for many years and still shows well today. It is rare to see an MG T Register club cars come up for sale, much less quality examples like this which would be at home on the open road or the concours field.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Greenwich, Connecticut
TypeCar
Lot Number412
Estimate$30000-$40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$28000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$32760
Year1949
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberXPAG7723
Engine number7251
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2