1949 MG TC / TD / TF

Mostly exported to the United States, the 1949 MG TC and its successors turned Americans to the wonders and delights or small European sports cars, which they’ve never lost since. Of course, the 1949 was almost entirely of pre-war design, and it was already showing its age. The TD was introduced in 1949 as well, but featured an updated, independent suspension, and was slightly faster than its predecessor, thanks to improved compression. 1953 saw the appearance of the very last MG ‘T’ model, the TF, which showcased a newer, rounder design, with the integration of the headlights into the fenders.

1949 MG TC / TD / TF
1949 MG TC / TD / TF

The MG TC was powered by a 1,250cc inline four-cylinder engine that produced 54 horsepower. While this is not exceptional per se, the TC was a relatively small car; performance was nothing to write home about, but wasn’t disastrous, either: top speed of 78 miles per hour, and acceleration to 60 mph in 19 seconds. Speed and performance increased on later models as horsepower figures slowly moved up.

Of course, nothing lasts forever, especially in the automotive world: the various MG TC. TD and TF up to 1955 were not much more than placeholders as MG was developing its first real post-war model, the MGA.

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