TC Accessories in Australia

7 Mar

If look carefully at some of the images in Mike’s book “TCs Forever More” you will see many of the TCs are fitted with accessories that are unique to Australia and were not available in the UK or North America at the time.

Most of these accessories were made in Melbourne by Monaro Motors. Monaro Motors was Melbourne’s original MG Specialist.

Jack Ould ran Monaro Motors, which commenced business at Malvern Road, Malvern, before moving to Spencer Street, Melbourne and finally Elizabeth Street. Monaro Motors was an authorised MG & Morris dealer; later, when the Healey 4 was introduced, Austin Healey Dealer as well.

Monaro Motors made and sold, various performance and racing components, such as inlet manifolds, special aluminum bodied oil filters designed to take a cost effective replaceable oil filter cartridge, alloy brake drum cooling fins, MG embossed aero screens, passenger grab handles etc. They imported Brooklands steering wheels, usually with the ‘brown rim’ were also available.

Jack at the time, also operated Automotive Carburettor Co. and was the sole distributor for SUs, and agents for Wade superchargers in Australia.

This one was fitted to my TC race car, the Patterson/Brydon Special TC/4134, shown page 23 of Mike’s book.

The most popular accessory fitted to TCs in Australia, now and the past, is still the full tonneau cover. This is because most TC owners drive here in Australia with the hood down due to our usually favourable weather conditions. Driving visibility is also greatly improved and more importantly, the car is faster with the hood down and half the cockpit covered.

This advertisement for Monaro Motors was taken from the March 1951 edition of “Australian Motor Sports” magazine and shows the comprehensive range of parts and special services that were provided.


These images show some of the original Monaro Motors accessories fitted to my TC/9507 (now TC 9507, previously OWO 032), that is shown on pages 134-135 of Mike’s book.

Richard Townley
TC/9507 my road car
TC/4134 my race car

Sports aero screen, adjustable, fitted with safety glass and embossed with two M.G. emblems £10/15/- per pair, in 1951

Smaller centre fitting mirrors, 11/6 each, in 1951

Brooklands steering wheels for MG TC £10/17/6 in 1951.

Chromium plated instrument panel grab handles, embossed with M.G. emblem and designed to match M.G factory fittings, £1/2/6 in 1951.

Jaeger oil and water temperature thermometers, dashboard mounting with capillary and bulb, to match your original M.G. instruments £6/15/- each, in 1951.

Oil filters for TB, TC, TD, Y and Morris 10, 1939-48. Special type with aluminium body and bronze cap, filter complete £5/5/-, replacement cartridge 17/6/. Fits same as original filter.

This one was fitted to my TC race car, the Patterson/Brydon Special TC/4134, shown page 23 of Mike’s book.

The most popular accessory fitted to TCs in Australia, now and the past, is still the full tonneau cover. This is because most TC owners drive here in Australia with the hood down due to our usually favourable weather conditions. Driving visibility is also greatly improved and more importantly, the car is faster with the hood down and half the cockpit covered.

Ed’s note: A big ‘thank you’ to Richard for sharing the details of these period accessories with us. I wonder if readers noticed the “FIRST WITH THE LATEST”. “Accessories for the new M.G. TD” part of the advert (towards the bottom)?

Richard’s road car TC9057 will grace the front cover of the June issue of TTT 2 along with a supporting article.


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