West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional and very rare mostly all original example of this early model 1946 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.
Early model chassis no. TC/0348
Engine no. XPAG/1008
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
One of the most recognizable offerings of the famous British marque
Numbers matching example with an older restoration
Very recent mechanical refresh reportedly totaling some $8,000
Only 600 miles on the odometer, assumed to be since restoration
This 1946 MG TC, chassis TC0348, benefits handsomely from a well-maintained older restoration in very striking colors. Featuring glossy ‘Black’ paint over supple ‘Tan’ leather upholstery, and a matching Tan grille & Black wire wheels! 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, signals and hardware & a matching canvas full cab!
This Elegance Classic English MG TC was built in Abingdon, England. It is car number 0348, one of the 10,000 MG TC models built between 1945 and 1949. It has the original matching engine, XPAG 1008, 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.
The car’s original matching #’s 1,250cc XPAG inline-four is equipped with twin SU carburetors and was reportedly recently rebuilt very few miles since then. Riding on correct painted wire wheels with period style 4.50-19 ‘Blockley tires’, this 1946 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 Black 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.
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Location: Torrance, California, United States