August 20, 2008 The inaugural Barrett-Jackson three day Collector Car Event gets underway in Las Vegas on October 15 and one of the highlights to cross the block will be this 100 hp, 4-cylinder, 1949 MG TC - the car that iconic driver and manufacturer Carroll Shelby drove to his first victory in a road race in Norman, Oklahoma in 1952.
The dark green MG TC retains its original 1250cc, 4-cylinder engine which since been tuned up to 100-plus horsepower. The car's SCCA Log Book and the original fenders, bonnet and mechanical parts that were stripped prior to its race career will be included in the sale.
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“We’ve sold some special cars during our 37-year history, but this MG ranks among the most significant vehicles to ever cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “In 2007, we sold the ultra-rare 427 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, followed by Carroll’s personal ‘69 GT500 convertible this year in Scottsdale. Now, we’re offering collectors a chance to nab the race car that started it all for the legend over half a century ago, while also benefitting one of his charities. Carroll is an American icon both behind the wheel and under the hood – an inspiration to enthusiasts of all ages.”
The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Part of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to one Mr. Shelby’s charities.