29 August 1999
1946 MG TC
Chassis No. 1834A13286
Engine No. 302137 (TR4)
Black with red leather upholstery
Engine: four cylinder, overhead valve, 2138cc giving 109bhp at 4,700rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear. Right hand drive.
MG recovered quickly after the Second World War and began production on its new TC series which were among the first cars built anywhere following the war.
This fine example was purchased in 1952 by the well known classic car collector Reid Miles. During his ownership, Mr. Miles spent many hours improving and maintaining his cherished TC to the highest degree and subsequently this car became very famous in TC circles. The greatest modification made was the installation of a later and more powerful engine, taken from a 1966 Triumph TR4. This engine fits neatly into the engine compartment and to the untrained eye it looks as though it should have always been there. Mr. Miles had the car finished in this striking color scheme of black body, polished aluminum hood and front valence, Union Jack insignia, red wire wheels and matching red leather upholstery. He also fitted a Bluemels wire steering wheel and Brooklands racing aero screens. Other features include the leather hood strap, fog lamps and a full set of weather equipment including tonneau cover and side screens. Wind wings are also fitted, the rear view mirror has beveled glass and the door sills have been engine turned.
The TC remained in the ownership of Reid Miles for some 41 years, and when he passed away the car was sold by his estate through Christie's at Pebble Beach in our 1993 auction. The successful bay area collector who bought the car has in turn cherished the MG. It has been driven very sparingly since the 1993 auction and maintained to the highest degree. Cosmetically the TC still looks like a fresh restoration and certainly has beautiful eye appeal. The car is regrettably being sold as the collection is being reduced and it was not getting much use.
The TC Midget was and still is aesthetically pleasing with its distinctive radiator and sweeping wheel arches framing the spidery nineteen inch wheels. Even with windscreen raised and all-weather gear up, it is still the epitome of the classic British sports car.
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