Before Carroll Shelby ever laid his hands on a Ford, he borrowed this MG TC from a buddy. And then he won—twice in the same day, actually.
The 1949 MG TC was owned by his friend Ed Wilkins, and that first race was an amateur event in Norman, Oklahoma. Shelby had taken his first step towards an eventual SCCA championship. Later, he hung up his helmet because of health issues and became the team owner and car builder that he became most famous for.
The MG, though, was sold to the Syd Silverman Collection, and then 20 years later to a collector who is selling his entire 100- car collection at the Scottsdale auction . The last time this MG sold, it commanded $313,500.
That's a lot of scratch, but that's not to say that it should be shut away—the engine is claimed to make more than 100 hp and it's reported to be ready to race. And race it should, no matter what it sells for. It's what ol' Shel would have wanted.