Few initials have enjoyed such immediate worldwide recognition as “MG.” An acronym for Morris Garages, the place where Cecil Kimber transformed ordinary Morris cars into sporting machinery, the letters have become virtually synonymous with the term “sports car.”
Lightweight two-seater bodies, quick steering and modified suspensions made the cars very nimble, and an enthusiastic “works” racing program spread their fame. During the 1930s, MG won 37 major events in five years and set a number of records, among them the first 750 cc car to break 120 mph, as well as the first 1,100 cc vehicle to top 120 mph.
The first of the long-running T-series MG sports cars, the TA, arrived in 1936. Powered by a 1,292 cc overhead valve engine, it set MG’s iconic styling direction for nearly the next 20 years with its upright grille, deep-cut doors and slab-shaped petrol tank at the rear. The TB debuted as war loomed in 1939, equipped with a shorter-stroke but more-powerful 1,250 cc XPAG engine that ultimately powered MG’s roadsters through 1954.
MG’s postwar return was marked by the new TC at the 1945 London Motor Show, which was somewhat wider and more substantial than the TB, representing an improved version of the vehicle. It has long been reported that returning GIs gave America its first glimpse of the MG, but in fact, followers of the nascent American motor sports movement had already imported a few prewar models. That enthusiasm, combined with regular imports of the new TC after the war, cemented MG’s growing reputation in the United States.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
54 bhp, 1.2L overhead valve four-cylinder engine, dual SU semi-downdraft carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, rigid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"