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Beautiful, Black on Red, Frame off Restoration, MGTC

Make: MG
Model: T-Series
Type: U/K
Trim: Base
Year: 1948
Mileage: 1,084
Color: Black
Engine: 55 hp at 5,200 rpm,1,250 cubic inline 4-Cly
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: U/K
Interior color: Red
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

1948 MG T-Series Additional Info:

1948 MGTC

55 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, 1,250 cubic centimeter overhead-valve inline four-cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear live axle, semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, and drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,388 mm

In 1922, Cecil Kimber was the manager of the Morris Garages, in Oxford. Fed up with selling Cowley and Oxford cars, he began to body Cowley chassis himself, and eventually, his company evolved into MG. The first cars had four-seat bodies built by Carbodies, of Coventry, and were sold as Chummys. Subsequent specials were two-seaters that used Raworth of Oxford coachwork. In March 1924, a four-door MC V-front saloon was the first car to be advertised as an MG. The company went from strength to strength and achieved tremendous success in motor racing, particularly from 1933 to 1935 with the K3 Magnette.

The first of the MG T-Series appeared in spring 1936. The MG TA Midget was replaced by the TB in 1939, but it was not until after the war that the MG TC was introduced. MG was quick to restart production after the war, and the MG TC was launched in October 1945. Based on the pre-war TB, the TC was essentially the same, but with minor modifications. Exports to the U.S. began in 1947, and the TC became something of a cult car. Production finished in 1950, by which time 10,000 had been constructed. Of these, 6,592 were exported, with 2,001 of them being sent to the United States, where the cars generated new enthusiasm for sports cars and motor racing.

The MG TC presented here is finished in the desirable color of black, with red leather and a tan soft top, and it is in beautiful driver quality condition. The car was owned by a respected collector in the great plains and treated to a frame-off restoration approximately 1000 miles ago.

The paint is still in excellent condition with a few areas of checking and cracks. The door and panel fit is superb. The car has all its original sheet metal and the prep and paint are well done but not concourse quality.

The interior is flawless with attention paid to every last detail. The soft supple leather accents the correct vinyl dash and elegant British instruments. The carpeting and interior bright-work is also show caliber.

Under the hood resides its original and numbers matching power plant that starts easily and purrs gently down the road all the way up to highway speeds. It is mated to the original four speed manual gearbox.

Underneath the car is evidence of a carefully frame-off restored car with mint frame, and sheet metal and no signs of any accident or rust repair anywhere. The car has a matching top and side curtains and comes with its original tools set, jack and ownership manual.

Overall, this is an outstanding TC ready for spirited driving anywhere and priced very fairly given the current state of the market.

Call John Buonanno at 203-330-9604 or email us at John@blackhorsegarage.com. We look forward to finding you the car of your dreams!

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