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  • When English Midget TCs were exported to the U.S., they were an immediate success.
  • The MG TC sparked the sports car boom that led Detroit to produce Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird a decade later.
  • MG, more than any other marque, gave birth to the Sports Car Club of America.

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William Richard Morris opened a bicycle sales and repair garage in Oxford, England, in 1894.  By 1910, his garage also repaired cars and motorcycles, so 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 MG (Morris Garages) cars, but the official use of the MG name began when Kimber first advertised the cars in March 1924.   In 1929, Kimber moved his MG production to Abingdon, seven miles from Oxford, while Morris continued production of Morris Oxford and Cowley cars.

The MG began to have more individual styling and the company’s racing program was beginning to enjoy many successes when WWII broke out.  When production resumed in 1945, MG 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 their excellent road holding capabilities, easy handling and inexpensive price.  The MG 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 MG Car Club sprouted all over the United States and the MG TC, more than any other marque, gave birth to the Sports Car Club of America.  By the time the MG TC gave way to a new model in 1950, 10,000 had been sold, well over half of them in the United States. 

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