I have wanted to own a MG TC since reading the book, "The Red Car" by
Don Stanford when I was 14 years old. School, family and bills got in
the way until a few years ago and I located a red TC in California, bought
it and had it shipped to Colorado.
TC 4260 was imported into the US in 1971 and went through two owners before
I finally was lucky enough to find it. It went through a frame up restoration
in 1981-1983 and had been driven less than 400 miles since that time.
The actual mileage is approximately 31,000 miles.
When I bought the car, I could have left it alone and just enjoyed it,
but I decided to push the restoration all the way to as close to a 100
point car as I could. After 2 years of finding all the original bits and
pieces, I believe the TC is now as original as the day it was in the hands
of the original owner whom I have traced to Camberley, Surrey, including
a couple of accessories he added ( door grill and dash grab bar).
This car is a home market car and has all of the unique details that were
on it when built on December 9, 1947, one of 10 cars completed that day.
The original registration, DDP 383 is from Dec. 22 that year. Due to the
scarcity of gasoline in the post war years and the poor quality, the engine
had to be replaced under factory warranty to the first owner less than
a year after purchase.
The only concessions to modern driving is the addition of a Tomkins steering
kit, high altitude carb needles, turn signals, and seat belts that laws
in our state require. The car always starts with the first pull of the
starter and drives like a dream.