1950 MG TC Midget Supercharged EXU RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $60,000 - $80,000


$81,400 Sold

70hp, 1,250cc, overhead valve inline four-cylinder engine, live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel cast iron drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"

A Rare Supercharged Example of One of the Most Rare Postwar MGs 1950 MG TC Supercharged EXU Roadster

Following the Second World War, the English government was placing a great deal of pressure on British industries to build an export market for their goods, as they were desperately seeking foreign currency to replenish their depleted treasuries. Greatly affecting the automobile industry, steel was rationed in such a way to provide incentives for manufacturers to sell abroad.

MGs had been trickling into the United States ever since the war, imported primarily by servicemen who had been stationed in the UK. Recognizing the potential of this market and by listening to feedback provided by American MG owners, MG began development of an MG TC specifically for export to the USA.

Coded EXU for “export unit”, the first MG TC EXU Roadster, car number 7380 was delivered in December of 1948. Production would continue throughout 1949 on an ‘as needed’ basis. In total, only 494 examples, of the MG TC EXU roadster were built, which accounted for less than 5% of total TC production. Although the EXU had only limited success in the US, it paved the way for the TD and later the TF to succeed.

A series of alterations were made to differentiate the EXU from a regular TC and make the car more appealing to Americans. The most easily recognizable difference was the addition of full-width bumpers, front and back. It is alleged that these additions were made to compensate for “the way women parked in the United States.” Only seen on the EXU, an MG medallion was centrally mounted on the rear bumper.

Other external EXU only features include, twin Lucas Windtone horns mounted under the bonnet (to protect them from North American winters), a centrally mounted license plate, laminated windshield glass, and US specification Lucas headlights and taillamps were fitted in addition to flashing turn signals. The interior differed from regular TC’s with a gold pearl finish on the steering wheel as opposed to the traditional black, the rear view mirror was mounted atop the dashboard and there was no “Thirtilite”, but in its place two map reading lamps. The instrument panel was rearranged with the ammeter and oil gauge mounted in center, the ignition and lighting switch on the outside left and the horn push and dip switch mounted to the right.

Although the EXU was full of charm, it was lacking slightly in the horsepower department in its stock form. A simple and common remedy was the addition of a supercharger. Such kits increased horsepower from a meager 54.4 to approximately 70bhp, making quite noticeable gains in low to mid range torque also.

The 1950 MG TC EXU Roadster offered here is an outstanding modified example of the period. Under the bonnet, the beautifully detailed and supercharged 1,250cc engine is pure eye candy, as a mere 26 miles have been driven since the full restoration of this MG TC. The MG Red paintwork is like new, as is the new maroon leather interior. Tastefully added black carpets with an MG logo make this cockpit an inviting driving environment. The TC has a new tan cloth top and tonneau cover with red piping.

The brightwork has also been redone, with the radiator, Lucas King of the Road headlamps, fog lamps, badge bar with badges, and tall 19-inch chrome wire wheels beautifully accenting this MG sports car. In the spirit of the performance provided by the Arnott supercharger driven by twin belts from the front end of the crankshaft, the MG TC EXU’s generator casing has been engine turned, as has the dash, which replaces the original. Both of these features are period accessories from the 1950s that would have been sold out of Road & Track magazine in the period and are now very hard to find.

The modifications of this example were typical of the day and do not distract from the beauty of this fully restored MG TC EXU roadster. With the extra boost from the period and rare Arnott supercharger, enthusiastic driving on an early Sunday morning or a trip out to the track for a few laps will be all the more enjoyable. This example is undoubtedly one of the very finest of its kind and its flawless restoration make it worthy of serious consideration.

Please note that this vehicle is titled as TC9064EZU.

Reference Number 7576

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1950 MG TC Midget Supercharged EXU Roadster
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