For the war effort, MG’s Abingdon factory was quickly converted for war-time production and in 1941, MG’s founder, Cecil Kimber, was dismissed. Tragically, Kimber was killed in a railway accident afterwards, and therefore MG faced the post-war world without its founding leader.
After the war, the men at Abingdon quickly got back into car production with the TC. It was really a slightly developed version of the prewar 1939 TB, which was the smallest MG and one of the few sports cars available right after the war. Due to material rations, most of the TCs were built for export, thus it was the first MG to be shipped in good quantity to the USA where MG would become established as the most popular import name.
While the TC didn’t feature any bumpers, heater or left-hand drive and many other luxuries, what it provided was as a responsive, exciting ride. Coupled with a very affordable price tag, it should be no surprise that the TC outsold all previous models.
1948 MG TC TC5930 – sold for $30,000 Ivory with Green interior. 1250cc engine. 4-speed transmission. Restored in the late 1990s including mechanicals, new wood, paint, chrome, interior, top and side curtains. Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions
1949 MG TC – sold for $27,500 Right Hand Drive. Inline four cylinder engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Auster windshield. Chrome wire wheels. Rear mounted spare. Firestone tires. Windshield wipers. Complete side curtains. Professional restoration by Krekovich Automotive Restoration Service in Kansas City, Missouri. Dark Green exterior. Tan interior. MG TC instruction manual included. Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum
1948 MG TC Roadster TC 5473 – sold for $66,000 Owned since 1948 by E. Alan Moss, founder of Moss Motors. Original engine with period Shorrock supercharger; rust-free California and Arizona car. Fascinating history; featured in several books and catalogues. Toured extensively with numerous entries in the Monterey Historics Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions
1949 MG TC 9064EXU – sold for $48,400 One of Only 494 EXU-Series TCs. Features Period Accessory Arnott Supercharger. Restored to Show Standards. Appropriate Period Accessories. Recent Professional Service. Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company
1949 MG TC Roadster – sold for $21,500
Ground up cosmetic and mechanical restoration completed 2005. New body panels, wheel arches, fenders, gas tank, and running boards. New floorboards and new wood-Ash. New Red leather interior, much new chrome. Stayfast cloth top with correct style window for 1949 TC. Half Tonneau cover. New or rebuilt mechanicals all around. All rubber components replaced. Engine rebuild completed May 2009. Thompkins Steering Kit Five. New 19″ chrome 48 spoke wire wheels with new tires. Fully refurbished and restored original factory gauges. Right hand drive. Believed that this MG-TC arrived in the US in the early 60s. Rare factory replacement engine, replaced at MG factory in England. Warranty ID badge shows stamped replacement engine number. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum
This example was restored and driven just 26 miles prior to acquisition by the current owner in 2007. A rare crank-driven Arnott supercharger is fitted, and the car’s MG Red paintwork is complemented by a maroon leather-trimmed cockpit, a tan cloth top and a tonneau cover. Lucas “King of the Road” headlamps, fog lamps, a badge bar, and tall 19-inch chrome wire wheels complete its sporting appearance. With the extra boost from the supercharger, enthusiastic driving on an early Sunday morning or a trip out to the track for a few laps will be all the more enjoyable. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM
This award-winning 1949 MG TC continues to display a photo-documented, concours-quality restoration which was completed in 1999 with no expense spared. Beginning with a rust-free California car, the MG was fully disassembled before every component was rebuilt as needed. The body was rebuilt from the frame up and refinished in blue and is now beautifully complemented by show-quality triple chrome-plated brightwork and a handsome tan cloth top. The cockpit features tan leather upholstery, Birdseye maple woodwork, crisp gauges and a rare, original three-spoke steering wheel, which was sent to England for restoration. In addition, this car has a Lucas Altette horn that is mounted on the badge bar, while the headlight reflectors have been optically coated and LED-type light bulbs provide brilliant lighting.
Mechanically, the engine and transmission were fully rebuilt and the engine was balanced as well, providing smooth and reliable operation under spirited driving conditions. Since restoration, the MG has travelled just over 10,000 miles and remains in high-point condition, consistent with careful ownership and attentive maintenance. Mechanical improvements include a switch to a Roots-type supercharger for smoother operation, a high-speed ring and pinion for easy cruising at today’s highway speeds, an improved steering box and upgraded brake shoes.