TC3423 at the Greylake MG Driver's Club Concours at Exeter in 1968
MG TC Chassis Number 3423 was built at Abingdon on 28th August
1947. On 18th September 1947 it was allocated the registration number
JYA992 by Somerset County Council, when it was registered by a Mr S
J Dyer of Weston-Super-Mare. No further information about the car is
known until February 1963 when it was registered at Downham Market in
Norfolk, England. Later that year it returned to Somerset, where it
was purchased by a nurse who lived at Doniford near Watchet.
TC3423 when purchased originally in 1966
The current owner purchased TC3423 in September 1966, financed by selling
ice-cream to the tourists in Torbay! The body work required attention
as the original MG red paint had become badly faded, and there were
signs of rust, so it was re-sprayed, in the original red. In 1967 and
1968 many thousands of miles were travelled, as the MG was used as daily
transport. It looked great, and came second in the Greylake MG Driver's
Club Exeter Branch concours in 1967 and third in 1968.
In October 1968 I had a career move from Devon to Bristol, so I needed
a car more suitable for averaging about 500 miles per week. I purchased
a 1961 MGA (which I still own) so TC3423 sadly had to go. I heard in
1972 that it had been exported to America. One's first car is special,
and I had often wondered what happened to mine. I tried to locate the
TC many times, but unsuccessfully, then during October 2006 I tried
again, and contacted the New England T Register. Their records showed
that it had been registered with them in 1974, but not since, however
in less than 24 hours they had located the car in South Carolina, with
the widow of the man who had owned it since 1974! Thanks to her daughter
they agreed to sell TC3423 back to me, and I made the arrangements to
have it transported from the garage in the USA to England. At the end
of March 2007 we were reunited at the container port of Felixstowe,
and returned on a trailer to a new garage in Silverton, Devon.
Back home again in Devon, looking good with fresh cream paintwork.
On inspection I found that the engine was seized, and parts missing,
but as the American rebuild had been over thirty years, while the owner
had moved from Green Bay, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan, then to Spokane,Washington
State, then to Florida, and finally to South Carolina, this was not
surprising. The authorities agreed for the use of the same registration
number, the rebuild was completed, and in May 2008 I drove JYA 992 again
for the first time since September 1968!
June 1st 2008, at a Classic Car event at Killerton near Exeter.