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The MG TC first appeared in 1945 and was a revamped version of the prewar MG TA/TB models. The TC had classic 1930's styling that was in huge demand, particularly in America as ex serviceman were bringing them home from the UK after WWII. This model began a wonderful era of British sports cars and the majority left the UK as export models. YJ 8379 was first registered on the 15th April 1946 in Scotland and is a genuine RHD UK specification car. The car remained in Scotland until 1967 before selling to a Mr Davies in Cheshire. A fabulous, comprehensive history file comes with the car that includes a copy of the original registration details from Dundee Council, a green 'buff' logbook and invoices and a detailed notebook dating back to 1970. A full restoration to show condition was carried out by MG specialists Naylor Brothers in 1988/1989 and the car had very little use until being sold by us in 2006. The rebuild has been superbly documented with pages of invoices and information.
Since being sold by us eight years ago, the TC has covered in the region of 10,000 miles and has been transformed into the ultimate long distance touring MG TC. YJ 8379 has covered thousands of miles on the European Continent without incident. Trips include several tours of North East France, tours to Ypres and Ardennes in Belgium and the car even completed three laps at racing circuit Spa. On one occasion the MG was driven into West Germany and several T series tours in the UK have been completed. In preparation for this use, thousands of pounds were spent on desirable and beneficial upgrades and improvements. The engine has been uprated to 1360cc for extra performance and has a high lift cam and unleaded head. An uprated water pump and radiator have been fitted and the carburettors and distributor rebuilt. A new clutch and five speed gearbox have been fitted and further improvements include two new half shafts, new stainless steel exhaust system, halogen headlight bulbs, new wheels and tyres, oil cooler, new brake drums and twin fuel pump. The car is in exceptional mechanical condition and is quite simply outstanding to drive. On the road performance is very impressive and the TC is particularly quick. The five speed gearbox improves the experience of long distance touring, the engine is strong, fit, holding excellent oil pressure and sounds and runs perfectly. The car handles and brakes superbly and is truly delightful on the road.
Whilst clearly something very special to drive, the TC doesn't disappoint on cosmetics and is equally impressive to look at. The older paintwork is still of a very high standard with a gleaming, top quality deep shine and finish. The underside of the wings are still beautifully clean and the car has no rust blemishes whatsoever or major issues. The chassis is exceptional, the chromework beautiful the full weather equipment including half and full tonneau is superb. The engine bay has had hours of detailing and gleams. The upholstery is delightful with excellent green leather seats, excellent door cards, carpets, dashboard and gauges. YJ 8379 has provenance, detailed history, and in recent years no expense spared in ensuring the car is ideal for touring Europe. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a T series car that is well and truly on the button, ready for any challenge and presents in stunning, detailed condition.