Launched in 1945, the TC Midget was the first post-war MG, although it was quite similar to the pre-war TB, sharing the same pushrod-OHV engine. However, it had a slightly higher compression ratio of 7.4:1 giving 54.5bhp (40.6 kW) at 5,200rpm; the use of more modern interior elements also allowed for a wider cockpit. The makers also provided several alternative stages of tuning for ‘specific purposes’.
It was exported to the United States, even though only ever built in right-hand drive. Between September 1945 (chassis number TC0251) and November 1949 (chassis number TC10252), exactly 10,000 were produced, costing £527 on the home market in 1947. The tachometer was directly in front of the driver, while the speedometer was on the other side of the dash in front of the passenger.
This 1949 example is described by the vendor as being in good condition throughout, with a bountiful selection of new and reconditioned parts all incorporated into its structure. The engine and gearbox, which were professionally rebuilt less than 1,000 miles ago, are effectively still running in and ready for the new owner.
Alongside rebuilt cabburettors, overhauled brakes and new springs, the car benefits from some hard-learned improvements, including the gearbox, which is now a 5-speed configuration, which transforms the car’s driveability, alongside essential modifications to the gearbox making the car lighter and more positive to drive, alongside 16” rear wheels.
The seller confirms the car has significant amounts of history and pictures going back over 60 years of the car’s life, which by any measure is highly impressive.
Finished in the ideal colours of British Racing Green with a black interior, this fabulously presentable TC is desrribed as being a well-sorted drivers car.
Estimate: £18,000 – £22,000
€22,000 – €24,000
$24,000 – $27,000