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1948 MG TC Heritage Racer



Of course, the MG T-type, or Midget, story began in 1936, when the company launched its popular and affordable roadster.

The tiny two-seater caught the imagination of the British buying public, and as the country headed into war, the Midget was the must-have roadster for young men. The car continued in production effectively unchanged in 1945. As the first post-war MG, it was a vitally important product that was to help enormously with the UK's export drive. The newly-named TC was almost identical to the pre-war TB, but with a 4in wider body and much-needed additional interior space - even it it was still tight on elbow-room.


  • This car has an exciting racing history, which makes it quite unique (Photos of its history attached). In hill climbs, the highlight of its career came on the Puhipuhi Hill, North of Whangarei with the Northland Sports Car Club, when it tied for 2nd place with the late Joe Lawton (who was with Denny Hulme the following season) in a modified Healey 100/6. The fastest time was held by Bruce Mclaren in a Cooper Climax (2 secs faster). The next day it beat them both in a sprint through the Waipu Gorge, taking the fastest time for the day. In Club Meetings, on the Ardmore circuit and elsewhere, it regularly beat Ross Jensen's Healey 100S on speed, but not on reliability. In its last race at Ardmore, it had the 2nd biggest handicap to a Lotus 11. It left the said Lotus for dead and finished second to another MG.
  • 9 to 10 owners from new.
  • We understand, from the car's records, that it underwent a ground up restoration in the late nineties.
  • In very good condition throughout
  • Aesthetically, the TC was and still is a delight to behold. Most striking are the big, bold radiator and the long bonnet leading to it. Next, the dellicate clamshell wings framing the spidery, ninetween inch wire wheels complete the picture of a classic sports car.

Great fun with equally fine specialist and social scene, the TC is one of the most cherished British classics ever made, the T-Type sums up everything that was great about England, from a time when Britannia ruled the waves.

Oozing quintessential British charm, the T-Type lasted two decades and encompassed five distinct derivatives – along with all sorts of other variations on the theme. From the narrow tracked TA to the Morgan-esque TF with its integrated headlamps and wider bodyshell, all these cars have their charms and are well supported by clubs and specialists.

There are lots of reasons why you should want a T-Series, any T-Type; the pre-war charm, the fun driving experience along with the excellent club and specialist backup. In theory buying a good one isn't hard, as the T's simple construction means inspections should be easy – but of course it's never that straightforward. Our advise is that unless you really know your way around a T, buy only from a reputable business, or take someone with you who knows these cars.

There are lots of badly restored examples out there, while cars that have been unused for ages might need more recommissioning than you expect. This one is well restored and its provenance makes it unique.

Car will be sold warranted and registered if sold in New Zealand.



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Waimak Classic Cars is not aware of any specific defects with the vehicle, however (a) such a vehicle being a classic vehicle may have mechanical breakdowns, electrical failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs being part of and parcel of ownership of a classic car; (b) reliability is a combination of the particular nature of the classic vehicle, how it is being driven, how it has been maintained, and to a certain extent luck.

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