1947 MG TC

The MG TA Midget appeared in the spring of 1936 as a replacement for the MG PB. It featured many components borrowed from Morris. Channel sections replaced the tubular cross-members making the vehicles ride more comfortable. The suspension was provided by leaf springs and beam-axle in the front and rear. The brakes were hydraulically operated drums, a first for MG. The body shell was assembled around the MG traditional way of using a wooden frame. All this added up to a total weight of 1,765 pounds.

A 1292 cc, overhead-valve, pushrod, four-cylinder engine was placed in the front and powered the rear wheels. Outfitted with dual horizontal SU carburetors, the engine produced 50 horsepower. The four-speed manual gearbox was synchromesh, another first for MG.

When first introduced, the two-seater vehicle could be purchased in open and closed configuration. Later, the open coupe, referred to as an Airline Coupe, was replaced with a Drophead style. The Drophead used a soft-top that could open and close depending on the driver and the weather conditions.

In 1939 World War II was beginning. MG was introducing its latest vehicle, the TB Midget. It was basically the same as the TA, but was equipped with a larger, 1250cc, engine. The four-cylinder over-head valve, XPAG power plant was borrowed from the new Morris 10. It produced 45 horsepower and was much more reliable than its predecessor. When the war began, production ceased. MG shifted its focus to creating equipment for military purposes.

At the end of the War, MG introduced the TC Midget. This was essentially a TB with very few modifications. The chassis was modified with rubber bush shackles in place of the sliding trunnion spring mountings. The transmission was the single-plate dry clutch and four-speed synchromesh unit. The engine was the XPAG 1250 cc pushrod engine. It was essential a TB offered in one body style, an open two-seater.

Even though the TC was a rebirth of an old model and used outdated mechanical equipments but modern interior, the TC Midget was very successful. During its four year production run, lasting from 1945 through 1949, more than 10,000 TC's were created.

In 1949, the TC was replaced by the TD Midget. It visually appeared like the previous Midgets, but was very different in mechanical ways. With a new chassis, it was sturdier and provided a comfortable ride. An independent suspension with double wishbones and coil springs were placed in the front. The vehicle was left-hand drive. The engine and transmission were identical to the TC. To comply with newly developed safety concerns and regulations, bumpers were placed on the front and in the rear.

A Mark II version used a more powerful version of the XPAG engine. With larger carburetors and higher compression ratio, the vehicle produced 57 horsepower. The suspension was modified and the interior received bucket seats.

During its four-year production run, the TD experienced even more success than its predecessor. Just like the TC, many of the TD Midgets were exported to the United States.

In 1953, the TD was updated and dubbed the TF. It was given a 1466 cc engine. Production continued through 1955 when it was replaced by the MGA.

Prior to World War I, the future of the company was unknown. Thanks to the success of the TA, the road was paved for MG to continue their prosperous status after the War. The models that followed brought modifications both visually and mechanically. The T-Series, lasting from 1936 through 1955, was a simple and reliable two-seater sports car that was fun to drive.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2005

1947 Vehicle Profiles

1947 MG TC vehicle information

Roadster

The T series of MG Midgets started with the 1,292 cc TA in 1936 and ran on until the last of the TFs in 1956. These MGs set the fashion for sports cars in the 1930s and 1940s and were phenomenally successful in many forms of motor sport throughout t....[continue reading]

1947 MG TC vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: TC 3625
Engine Num: XPAG 4279

World War II brought an end to automobile production. What it also meant was that innovation and progress came to an end while attention was turned to war-time efforts. When the war came to an end, there was a shortage of raw materials and the Britis....[continue reading]

1947 MG TC vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 2839
Engine Num: XPAG 3462

This 1947 MG TC is one of the 1146 MG TC's sold on the home market. Virtually all of the TC's were exported due to England's war debt. The engine is a 1500cc modified racing engine tuned to produce 80 horsepower. The stock engine produced 54 horse....[continue reading]

1947 MG TC vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 3597

This MG TC was exhibited extensively over 50 years of ownership by David Gumz. It has amassed an astonishing 46 trophies, including 17 first places and Pebble Beach Concours Best in Class in 1971. It has been on 40 rallies - even as far as Vail, Colo....[continue reading]

1947 MG TC vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: TC/3110

The first MG T-Series Midget was the TA of 1936. It had the classic lines of its successor, the J2. The TC midget was announced late in 1945 and based on the 1250cc XPAG-powered Model TB. It had an improved suspension incorporating Luvax-Girling hydr....[continue reading]

Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: TC 3625 
Roadster
Chassis #: 2839 
Roadster
Chassis #: 3597 
Roadster
Chassis #: TC/3110 


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