Lot #5: 1949 MG TC Roadster (Not Available)
Offered by the original purchasing family; Supercharged
- Purchased new and owned for over six decades by Bill Victor
- Never restored, exceptionally original, handsomely presented
- Equipped with Shorrock supercharger installed by Mr. Victor
- Profiled and depicted in Carl Goodwin's "They Started in MGs"
- Outstanding colors; beautiful Art Deco Marchal headlamps
- Wonderful example of the formative British sports car in America
|Engine Number:||XPAG 7357|
A truly exceptional unrestored MG TC, the iconic British sports car that took postwar America's roads and racetracks by storm. Purchased new by early Chicago SCCA racer and Jaguar dealer, William F. Victor. Wonderful history, profiled in the book, "They Started in MGs," by Carl Goodwin. Just one, single family ownership from new, now offered by the heirs of this noted car collector and racing enthusiast. Strikingly authentic throughout, and still as delivered from the factory. Originally quipped with a Shorrock supercharger. An essential component or centerpiece of any collection of sporting legends.
Specifications: 54 bhp @ 5,500 rpm (factory rating), XPAG 1,250 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, Shorrock supercharger, 4-speed synchromesh manual gearbox, solid front and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and Lockheed hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"
Few automotive marques have enjoyed such immediate and enduring worldwide recognition as "MG." Initially standing for Morris Garages, where Cecil Kimber transformed ordinary Morris cars into fierce sporting machines since 1923, the letters "MG" remain interchangeable with the term "sports car" today. Lightweight bodies, quick steering, and modified suspensions made the cars incredibly nimble and expertly tuned engines gave fierce performance belying their relatively small displacements. A "works" racing program spread their fame, with MG winning 37 major events and shattering records over a brilliant five-year period during the 1930s alone.
The first of MG's definitive and long-running T-series "Midget" sports cars - the TA - arrived in 1936. Powered by a 1,292 cc OHV engine, it set MG's iconic styling direction for nearly the next 20 years with its upright grille, rakish deep-cut doors and slab-shaped petrol tank at the rear. As wartime loomed in 1939, the TB introduced the shorter-stroke but more-powerful 1,250 cc XPAG engine that went on to power MG's roadsters through 1954. The TC heralded MG's post-war return at the 1945 London Motor Show. Retaining the beloved styling of its predecessors, the TC was built through 1949 and brought a roomier cockpit and improved comfort with its wider body, while retaining all traditional T-Series MG virtues.
Today, collectors and enthusiasts continue to covet the TC in particular, since it is the MG model that almost singlehandedly inspired postwar America's passion for British sports cars. The relatively affordable TC also made it possible for owners to drive their cars to and from early races, compete there, and often win. Most of America's top racing drivers cut their teeth with the TC, including John Fitch, Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, Dick Thompson, John von Neumann, and many others, at a time when raw enthusiasm and skill often prevailed over horsepower and money. The TC also spawned the sports-car parts and service industry in America, led on the West Coast by early TC owner Al Moss.
This 1949 MG TC is simply wonderful, being unrestored and original. It was purchased new by the late Bill Victor, a member of the family of Victor Gasket industrial renown. An enthusiastic road-racer for most of the 1950s, Mr. Victor raced a Jaguar XK120 FHC and ultimately a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, but this MG TC was his first ride. Some of Mr. Victor's early exploits with the TC are profiled in Carl Goodwin's book, "They Started in MGs," along with two more recent photographs of him at the wheel of the car. Having travelled only an approximate 14,900 miles, the TC is equipped with a period Shorrock supercharger for additional performance and features include MG's trademark "banjo" steering wheel, wire-spoke wheels, and beautiful Art Deco-inspired Marchal headlamps. One reason for its amazing condition is the car having been displayed in the showroom of Imperial Motors in Chicago for some 30 years, and then in the den of Mr. Victor's Brentwood, California home for another 30 more of its 67-year ownership.
Timeless, charming, and utterly fun, this 1949 MG TC Roadster is a wonderful, low-mileage example of the car that ignited America's sports car movement and launched the careers of many of America's greatest racing drivers. As such, no collection should be considered fully complete without one - and with this car's amazing, long-term prior ownership, this highly original, unrestored, two-owner example is simply one of the finest!
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