Classical cars, including the history of the great classical automobiles
August 11th, 2008

Carroll Shelby MG TC Racer at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

Shelby's first racer

The MG TC was the first real sports car I'd seen in my young life. It was, to say the least, a stunning change from the heavy, chrome-spangled, Detroit wonders I'd fallen in love with until then. So what causes we males to sometimes leave faithful, hard-working partners in favour of a sexy foreigner? This lovely and very special MG TC may explain the transgression, at least as far as cars are concerned. It was Carroll Shelby's first race car, loaned to him by his good friend Ed Wilkins during a road course event at Norman, Oklahoma. Shelby won it, and the second race, too, easily outrunning the Jaguar XK120's. The historical TC was awarded the prestigious Collier Cup in 2005 at the all-MG vintage race in Watkins Glen, New York. Included is the SCCA Log Book, fenders, bonnet (hood), and some original mechanical parts. The 1250cc 4-cylinder engine has been built up to 100+hp and is race-ready. Assuming you've already given up the house and agreed to see the kids every other weekend, an ex-Shelby MG might offer some solace. Make your bid at Barrett-Jackson's first Las Vegas auction, Oct 16-18.

by Philip Powell | Posted in As We See Things, Famous Drivers, MG | 3 Comments » |


Comment by Steve
  • What a stunning (not to mention historic) TC, by far my favourite of the T-Types.

    The auction happens to land on my birthday, perhaps I’ll treat myself… to a TC scale model – that’s all I can afford!

    September 11, 2008 @ 1:29 am
  • Comment by CHRIS
  • I have a same make / model for sale in Australia w trailer, spares etc. Probably not in the Shelby pristine condition but genuine never the less.
    Anyone interested?

    September 20, 2010 @ 5:29 am
  • Comment by Harley Ferguson
  • Shelby won his first race in Norman, OK! I didn’t know that. I went to school in Norman 1955-1958.

    September 27, 2010 @ 1:35 am
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