MG TC EXU 1949 # 9864 was purchased by Donald Gayden in 1954.
It was determined that the history from 1949 to 1954 was known by Mr Gayden from personal letters stating knowing the history. What was known, was not written down and was lost when Mr Gayden passed away in 2009.
While in Chicago #9864 ( Polly ) was entered into Road America in 1955 and was shown in
Concourse de Elegance in 1956.
Around 1966 Mr Gayden to the East Bay of California bringing Polly.
Maintenance on the car was kept up over the years and the used parts were stored them in separate wooden boxes.
In the time between 1966 and 1979 9864 was totally disassembled painted white and reassembled using new metric nuts and bolts.
( Whitworth hardware being tossed ) The engine, on its first rebuild was bored out to 100 over, the crank was ground 10 under the head was shaved to the spark plug holes and a new clutch plate installed.
Donald took 9864 racing for a very short time when the release arm on the clutch came apart and bounced around the bell housing.
9864 was then parked outside for a long time. In time Polly was in poor condition as the body tub and interior were rotted. Polly then in 1979 was brought inside to Mr Gayden's basement and disassembled.
Between 1979 and 2004 Mr Gayden started collecting parts for a total and complete restoration.
My best guess is that Polly was put in a storage locker in American Canyon ( about 25 miles away ) sometime in early 2000 due to Mr Gayden's home being remodeled.