- Single ownership from 1969 to 2013
- 11 year restoration
- Engine rebuild in 2013
- Excellent condition and huge history file
As soon as the Second World War had ended, the MG factory was quick to start producing cars from their Abingdon factory. After producing tanks, armoured cars and aeroplane engines during the six-year effort, the marque set out on producing cars once again. The MG TC was the first car off the MG production line once normality had resumed and it is now probably the most famous post-war MG.
The blueprint of the MG TC was similar to that of the TB, sharing similar engines, axles and gearbox, but with some modifications to the bodywork. The main body of the TC was widened by 4 inches across the seats without having to modify the basic chassis, wings, running boards nor the facia layout. The TC also had an update which allowed the driver to use hand signals through new flaps in the sidescreens, whilst the two 6-volt batteries were replaced by a single 12-volt battery located next to the bulkhead. There were also changes to the suspension with the addition of hydraulic lever arm dampers but also the change in location of the road spring mounts which were moved from being attached to the traditional sliding trunnions to being mounted in the shackles. The use of war-proven rubber suspension bushes provided the car with a much quieter and smoother road going experience and the engine was also attached using these rubber mounts which again offered a smoother and quieter road experience.
The MG TC sold exceptionally well and surprisingly so in America, which proved to be huge buyers of the stock from the Abingdon-based factory; so much so that a special North American variant was produced that included flashing indicators and chrome bumpers. A notable owner of an MG TC was the Duke of Edinburgh who owned one before marrying Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen in 1947. The manufacturer sold exactly 10,000 TC models before the T-Series MG evolved into its next variant, the unsurprisingly-named MG TD.
We are delighted to offer this lovely example of a 1947 MG TC that has been well known to us for many years. Our client Nick Ratcliff acquired the car in 1969 for the sum of £190, amazingly the invoice for this sale is still with the car. He then kept and used the can for many years and there are a huge number of invoices, letters and receipts for all of his ownership. Nick moved to Hong Kong in 1974 for work and he left the car in his garage in London where it deteriorated and got into a poor condition. He arranged to have the car transported to Hong Kong in 1992 where he set about a comprehensive restoration. He did a complete rebuild to the entire car including the body, engine, gearbox, wiring, etc. This work was done over 11 years and the car was not completed until 2003 when Nick used it on classic car runs in Hong Kong where it received numerous awards. Nick and the car returned to the UK in 2010 when the car came to live in our storage facility, however, soon after this Nick sadly died in 2013. While dealing with the probate we were entrusted to sell the car on behalf of his family at which point we founds some issues with the engine. We sent the car to the well-known Honda guru and Beaulieu regular Bernie Saunders who rebuilt the engine and checked the car over. We then sold the car an old friend of the company who has used it gently over the past 5 years and who always returned it to Bernie for its annual servicing.
As you can see, the car is now presented in excellent condition with a fabulous history file and it is on the button and ready to go.