Text updated November
This is a numbers matching
car with a great natural patina. The car was in a Montana car
museum for over 6 years. Previous owner began refreshing car,
and I have continued that work to make it reliable and factory
correct. Starts right up with no smoke and shifts smoothly. Oil
leaks went away with use and fresh gaskets as needed after years
of sitting on display. Engine, Transmission, body and interior
in good to excellent shape. Paint shows some flaws from age and
use, major flaws were repainted or polished out.
Brief history of car: Delivered
in England to a Mexican national who took it to Mexico for some
years. Front badges reflect that original owners travels. Local
Montana man purchase it in Missouri and brought it to Montana
in the '70s. Owner I purchased it from has owned it over 20 year
so best I can determine is that I am 4th owner. Odmeter shows
6025 miles, but is new gauge. Have not done a CarFax.
All numbers match and TRegister
shows it as 1949. Somehow registered as a 1946 in Missouri and
registered it same way in Montana until I can get information
to DMV that they will accept. They want letter from Factory.....ha
ha. Since it is out of production who know what will happen.
Hagerty Insured it as a 1949 and most books show the chassis
and engine number as 1949. See http://www.tregister.org/
Upholstery looks near new and
last owner replaced a great deal of wood framing and apparently
replated much of the trim. Chrome is excellent. Top and rear
window like new and in excellent condition. Car is missing tonneau
cover and side curtains. Tires (Dunlops) and rims good, spare
looks to be old original. MG crest added in spare center. Lever
shocks have been redone, new bushings etc. Have parts for spring
rebuild. Distributor rebuilt with Pertronix. Brakes and handbreak
working and stops on dime.
All new plug wiring and distributor
cap. Cooling system redone including water pump with correct
wire clamps and correct toothed fan belt used. All fluids changes,
carbs an float chambers gone through, drives and shifts smooth
and quiet. Valve cover is after market polished and finned type
that was a period accessory. Has both fender mirrors and center
dash mirror. Two driving lights. one clear other yellow element
as fog light. Lucas "Cat Eye" headlights.
Recent work includes repaint under hood including
new battery box cover, repair ding in front fender and patch
holes in front valance. Hood and fenders polished where paint
was poorly finished. Some engine detailing started, but as you
can see needs some more TLC. New battery and battery cut-off
switch. My concentration is making sure everything works by repair
or replace. All new parts from Moss Motors.
Underhood plaques show factory
numbers and match engine plate on block.
Dash is the vinyl covered that
was stock in 1949. Large gauges are new and all small ones work.
All lights are hooked up - headlight, taillights, parking lights
hi-low all working. Although not an export model, correct turn
signal switch was added, wired to tail/brake light unit. Two
road lights are hooked up but no horn. It has a Brooklands steering
wheel with good chrome. Wipers work but are not wired at present
(have correct wiring from Moss). Has original crank lever and
original ARMCO wind wings in good shape. Not pictured in some
shots, center dash rear view mirror has been added. Dash insert
could use refinishing. Rigged to start with 2 toggle switches,
key missing, have blank and will work on or delivery as is.
Bottom line: Excellent driver
with great natural patina. Mechanically great and as fun to drive
as it was in 1949. The TC was credited with starting the Sports
Car craze in US and driving it is a trip back in time. Not a
show car, but draws the crowds and waves when driving.
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priced this at little over low retail based on recent NADA guide
it is closer to Average Retail Description used in NADA guide.
am a private seller not a dealer.