After World War II the MG TC and its forebears introduced the concept of lightweight, small displacement, nimble, responsive sports cars to a generation of American GIs. It quickly became the backbone of a burgeoning sports car movement in the US. With just 1250cc and 54 (and a half) horsepower, it took serious efforts to wring maximum performance from a TC but on a twisty back road a skillful driver could use its quick handling and surprising road holding to leave bigger, more powerful American cars in its dust. This 1949 is a simply gorgeous example, lovingly restored by a meticulous and well-informed owner who also took the time to contact the TC's prior owners to establish its ownership history and provenance. Finished in Shires Green with Biscuit leather upholstery and a custom made Tan Stayfast cloth top, it rides on power coated wire wheels with blackwall tires. It is lavishly equipped including a badge bar carrying the horn and driving light, authentic Duckhams oil can under the hood, tool roll with tools, an accessory trouble light and correct jack with handle. The instruments were restored in England by John Marks, a specialist. It comes with impressive documentation including letters from prior owners, a copy of the original registration for LMA 183 in Cheshire County, England, the export bill of lading from 1964, a copy of the warranty card, photos from throughout its history and more all bound in an MG-branded album. Its paint, upholstery, chrome, wood, plastic and rubber are crisp, sharp and impeccable. It is a multiple show winner and is still beyond perfect, a gem of a car with history, presence and performance.
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