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My 1949 MG TC
Top -- in the driveway of my parents' home, 1951.
Bottom -- in the backyard of that house.
I first saw an MG in the spring of 1950 in Hollywood, Florida. It
was an instant romance. By the spring of 1951 I had saved
enough money to buy this one. Right-hand drive. Yellow. Red leather
upholstery. 19" wire wheels with knock-off hubs. Italmeccannica supercharger and air horns.
A young man's dream car.
In terms of its effect on my grades at Carnegie Tech during the
next 1.5 years, it was not good. This effect was
measured after the fact, of course.
This is me, parked in front of my parents'
house, Fall, 1951.
This picture was a publicity shot taken
in the summer of 1952 and published
in an oil company's (SOHIO) monthly sales
magazine. Foreign sports cars were rare
in those days, particularly in northeastern
What the picture does not show is
that the MG had no engine; I was
in the process of doing a complete overhall.
During the drive home from school during the
Thanksgiving weekend of 1952, I was
broadsided at a Pittsburgh traffic light by
a Chevrolet coupe. Both cars were totalled.
I did not own a car again until after graduation.
I loved that car.
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