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The outbreak of WWII stymied the efforts of all British motorcar companies to innovate and manufacture. When the war came to an end, there was a dire shortage of raw materials and the British government controlled allocation of resources, favoring reconstruction industries. Hence, MG struggled to regain its postwar footing and launched the MG TC as an almost identical reproduction of the prewar TB model, with some minor modifications such as the rubber bush shackles to replace the sliding-trunnion spring mountings.
The TC was launched in 1945 in a single body style, an open two-seater, with similar cutaway doors, sweeping wings, humped scuttle, folding windshield, and rear-mounted spare wheel of its predecessor. The TC, with a projected top speed of 80 mph, was an instant hit during an era when the heavier luxury saloons of the prewar period were deemed outdated and impractical. Testimony to its popularity is the fact that between September 1945 and November 1949 10,000 TCs were built. This car was manufactured in 1947 when it cost just £527 and 2,359 MG TCs were sold worldwide, generating sales far beyond prewar figures. The TC has always garnered attention throughout the decades for its incredible proportions and sporting aesthetics. It is believed that fewer than 400 examples of that year’s production run still exist today.
The current owner, a renowned classic car restoration expert, purchased this TC complete with all its original parts from its previous caretaker’s widow and shipped it back to Seattle. He then undertook the mammoth project of returning the MG to factory specifications. With the matching-numbers engine and transmission, the TC was returned to pristine condition with the correct 1947 wooden dash, and all correct and working instruments. The body was in excellent condition prior to restoration and extremely straight. As the owner states, “the doors close like a bank vault!” The car was painted in striking Birch Grey paint with red leather and Rexine interior, which were not original to the car in 1947 but are correct British colors.
Today, the MG has just over 200 miles on the restoration that took many months to complete. The tonneau cover and side curtains are new, and the comprehensive tool kit is period correct, including a grease gun and tire pump. Additional mirrors and taillights were fitted rendering the TC not only reliable and aesthetically appealing, but a safer drive.
In the last couple of years this charming 1947 MG TC has been honored at various shows and taken many “Best TC” awards, including accolades at a Big Bear, California, event. In such a striking color combination and fabulous condition, this TC will provide years of pleasure on the road, as well as at events and shows.