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Signage: 1949 MG TC Midget: Built by: The M.G. Car Co., Ltd. Abingdon-On-Thames, England; Price: $1,895; Engine: OHV 4 Cylinder, 54 H.P.; Bore: 2-5/8"; Stroke: 3-9/16"; Displacement: 77.1 Cu. In.
William Richard Morris opened a bicycle sales and repair garage in Oxford, England, in 1894. By 1910, his garage also repaired cars and motorcycles and Morris opened more garages which were operated independently. He began producing cars named Morris Oxford in 1913 and Cowley in 1915. Cecil Kimber became general manager of the Morris Garage in Oxford and built the Morris Cowley "Chummy." In a sense, the Chummy cars were the first M.G. (Morris Garages) cars, but the official use of the M.G. name began when Kimber first advertised the cars in March, 1924. In 1929, Kimber moved his M.G. production to Abingdon, 7 miles from Oxford, while Morris continued production of Morris Oxford and Cowley cars. The M.G. began to have more individual styling and the company's racing program was beginning to enjoy many successes when WW II broke out. When production resumed in 1945, M.G. introduced the TC Midget, which was a slightly modified version of the 1939 TB. When the first TC Midgets were exported to America, they were an immediate sensation with the excellent road holding capabilities, easy handling and inexpensive price. The M.G. TC sparked a sports car boom which led Detroit to enter the market itself a decade later with the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird. Already well established in England, branches of the M.G. Car Club sprouted all over the United States and the TC, more than any other marque, gave birth to the Sports Car Club of America. By the time the M.G. TC gave way to a new model, 10,000 had been sold, well over half of them in the US.