December 2014 – 1949 TC
History One of the last TCs built, with the chassis number of 10213. Assembled around the 24th November 1949 and shipped off to London. First registered on December the third 1949 and spent until 1966 in and around the London suburbs. Towards the end of the swinging 60s, the car was bought by a Mr Forrest in Stroud, Kent.
He moved on to Chatham, again in Kent, during 1989. Since then I understand that the car was somewhat neglected and sat in a barn for a good number of years.
In 2008 it was sold to somebody for restoration. He subsequently returned to the vendor for parts. Whilst he was there he spied an Old English White TC in good order and needing far less time to sweat over. He part exchanged this car for the white one.
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I bought the car in May 2009 and had an ‘Oliver’ moment. Tinkering with some minor restoration led to finding some other bits that could be sorted which led to more tinkering and then on to more.
One new body tub and a fine new coat later, l I finally got it back on the road for it’s first outing at the Goodwood revival in 2012. Not perfect in many respects, there will always be something to spend a little time on, but it is a pleasure to drive.
Owner: Pete and Sarah Davies
Make/model: MG TC
Month/year of manufacture: November 1949
Colour: Clipper Blue
Engine size/type: 1250cc
BHP: Not a lot
Top speed: I suppose it would reach terminal velocity if dropped from the back of a C130 at 10,000 feet!
Gearbox type: Original 4 speed
Area: Carterton, Oxfordshire
Date purchased: May 2009
Pet name of car: “The Blue One”