Lot 190

2022   |   Pebble Beach Auctions

1948 MG TC

Estimate

$45,000 - $65,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

TC6371

Car Highlights

Postwar Sporting Icon

A Beautifully Restored and Maintained Example

Striking Livery and Desirable Period Accessories

Offered with Tools, Jack, and Accessories

Ideal Entry into Classic Shows and Touring Events

Technical Specs

1,250 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine

Twin SU H2 Carburetors

55 BHP at 5,200 RPM

4-Speed Manual Gearbox

4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

Front Beam Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Register to Bid

David Brynan

Eager to resume civilian automobile production after WWII, MG launched the TC in October 1945. Based on the prewar TB, the TC was exported to North America by 1947, and soon enjoyed cult-like acclaim. Just 2,001 examples were shipped to the US, where the TC served as an early mount for many racing legends, including John Fitch, Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, Dick Thompson, and John von Neumann. The TC also inspired MG enthusiast Al Moss to establish the sports car parts and service industry in postwar America.

This 1948 MG TC, chassis TC6371, benefits handsomely from a well-maintained, nut-and-bolt restoration. Featuring glossy Clipper Blue paint over supple Biscuit upholstery, it retains a proper 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, half-zip tonneau cover, and side curtains. In addition to an instruction manual, this high-quality TC is accompanied by correct tools including a restored jack plus an auxiliary starting crank and Thor wheel hammer. An MG duffle bag contains a car cover, goggles, driving gloves, and even a Pendleton motor robe with a leather case.

Riding on correct painted wire wheels with period style 4.50-19 Dunlop tires, this 1948 MG TC is a wonderful example of one of the world’s all-time most important sports cars.