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MG, or Morris Garages, began automobile production in 1928, but the debut of the T-Series in 1936 firmly established MG as a sports car company. The MG TC hit the market immediately after the war, following on the success of the pre-war MG TA and TB. Outwardly similar to the TB with a folding windshield, cutaway doors, swept front and rear fenders, and
a rear-mounted spare wheel, it differed under the skin, with a wider cockpit and improved suspension. Of the 10,001 built, about 2000 were exported to the USA; all were right hand drive. The TC is often credited with starting the sports car craze of the 1950s here in the US.
While the cycle-fendered example seen here differs outwardly from a standard MG TC, it also has a hidden surprise – under the hood lies a period hot-rod engine, complete with a Coventry-built Shorrock supercharger. (A Shorrock supercharger was fitted to an MG for a speed record in Germany in 1939, the first car in the world to exceed 200 mph!) This car came off the production line on March 11, 1948. The T-Series eventually gave way to one
of the first envelope-bodied sports cars, the MG-A, in 1955.
Manufacturer: MG Car Co. Ltd.
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Drivetrain Configuration: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine: 1250cc, water-cooled inline 4-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Top Speed: 78 MPH
Years of Production: 1945-1949
Number Produced: 10,001
Original Cost: 528 Pounds Sterling (approx. $2130 USD; the average new US car was about $1550)