Sunday, 19 June 2016

MG TC 1949

Partner-who-loves-tea does like her classic sports cars.

In this case it belongs to friend and former colleague Sir David Henshaw who took her out for a spin on Sunday.

MG TC Midget 1949
Body style 2-door roadster
Engine 1,250 cc (1.3 L) XPAG type I4 ohv[4]
Length 140 in (3,556 mm)
Width 56 in (1,422 mm)
Height 53 in (1,300 mm) 
The body was approximately 4 inches (100 mm) wider than the TB measured at the rear of the doors to give more cockpit space. The overall car width remained the same resulting in narrower running boards with two tread strips as opposed to the previous three. 

The TC Midget was the first postwar MG, launched in 1945. It was quite similar to the pre-war TB, sharing the same 1,250 cc (76 cu in) pushrod-OHV engine with a slightly higher compression ratio of 7.4:1 giving 54.5 bhp (40.6 kW) at 5200 rpm. (Hands up if you understood any of that!) The makers also provided several alternative stages of tuning for "specific purposes". 

10,001 TCs were produced, from September 1945 (chassis number TC0251) to Nov. 1949 (chassis number TC10251), more than any previous MG model. It cost £527 on the home market in 1947.

Fuel consumption was 28 mpg-imp (10.1 L/100 km; 23.3 mpg-US).   Its 0–60 mph time was 22.7 seconds, a respectable performance at the time. 

Returning, hair blowing in the breeze!


  1. What fun! To get to drive such a car would be wonderful and scary and thrilling all at the same time -- i'd be concerned about messing it up. That's another reason i'll probably never own more than just an old Jalopy, my cars do not get the white glove treatment such a beauty as this deserves.

    1. This one lives in an air-conditioned "carcoon" inside its garage.

  2. What a fabulous car, I've always loved MG's.

  3. What a classic car, I love the instrument panel and that hair flying in the breeze.

  4. These old cars really are terrific. My dad's cousin had a classic red MG - he took me for a ride and I felt like a movie star in it - especially since Dad's cousin looked like Gene Kelly!

  5. I'd happily hop into this little beauty if someone invited me to, even though I am normally not at all a car person.

  6. Wow...lucky Jo...what a lovely ride.

  7. It's a joy to look at (even if all the details of info are lost on me...)

  8. Enjoyed the blog CJ - nearly as much as a rid in the car. Good to catch up. Carol


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