These are photos my Father took of me with TC5853 about 30 years ago. The car is basically in the same condition today as it appears in the photo. (Wish I could say the same for myself!)


This is a photo of Dad Just about the time he came to the states.   This is a photo of Gordon in England with a car I don't know about. Maybe someone can identify what it is for me. Is it possibly a Morgan? Don't think its a Martin. I have another photo of that somewhere.



I have just inherited my Fathers MG TC and I am looking for any information regarding the history or restoration of the little car. My Father's name was JAG Smith, but he went by Gordon. He was a rather dashing R.A.F pilot turned California real estate developer who emigrated to the States after world war two. He was always very proud of the fact that he became a US citizen. Still he never lost his accent or a love for all things English. A loss he felt most keenly was the sale of his Aston Martin in order to return to the States. It may have been this that sent him searching for an English sports car that would remind him of home. Sometime in or before 1967 He bought TC 5853 from someone in the Palo Alto area I believe. If I remember correctly they had changed the car over to left hand drive. Dad brought it home and switched it back. I remember fighting with my bigger sister over who got to ride with him as we ferried it back home over the Golden Gate bridge.(with head scarves and FREEZING I might add!) It seems the car was originally crème with green interior. But I cant remember if Dad was the one who painted it or he bought it that way. Many wonderful road trips to the seaside and weekend fly fishing trips were to follow. Around 1973 Dad required a surgery that left his right arm somewhat disabled. He garaged the car, (with a brand new set of tires or "tyres" as Dad would say) with plans to drive it again when he was better. Unfortunately that day never came. The little car sat piled under boxes and debris until we dug it out just before Christmas 2001.Father now gone, I Felt guilty about "mucking about" with Dad's pride and joy. We laughed to find the "new tire sale stickers" still on the car almost 30 years later! To our great surprise and delight we found a drawer full of replacement parts in a forgotten part of the garage. It were as if he had left us a "roadmap to restoration." Even though he hadn't been able to drive the TC he was still collecting parts and such as late as 1997. We know just where to start. Thanks Dad! It was a tough job staking my claim to the little car. I have two older sisters who also shared interest in it. However,after much; hair pulling, tears and giving up my claim to a pair of rather lovely Staffishire dogs that had been the family for years, not to mention a tidy sum of CASH!, I took the TC home.

Now I am thinking of so many questions I wished I had thought to ask about the car. Maybe someone out there can help.
1. The car has the "Made in England" plate on the end of the battery box, but no "EX-UP" stamp as far as I can find. Does this mean the car was sold in England and shipped over later, rather than being sold for export to the US brand new?
2. It is fitted with two fog lamps on the badge bar with a horn installed under the bonnet.(see photo) I'm wondering what was correct for a 1948 TC with no "EX-UP" stamp. also questions about the bumper.
3. I'm thinking of restoring to the original color (My sisters will kill me!) Seems to be crème or a very pale yellow. How do I find paint of the correct color?
4. I am also thinking that I might have a set of TD seats, mine seem different than the photo's I've inspected. They are fatter and lumpier, making it a tight fit behind the wheel. Someone also seems to have installed some wooded shims to raise them up higher.
5. Finally, How do I trace the past owners of the car?Dad told me once "There is a difference between "driving" and "motoring." He answered the question mark on my face by saying "Driving is what you do in all other cars, "motoring" is what we do in the TC!"
Thanks for the help --