Lot 55: MG C GT
Originally intended as a flagship sports car to replace the Austin-Healey 3000, the MGC was introduced in the autumn of 1967. Based around the same two-door monocoque bodyshell as the humble MGB (albeit with a substantially altered engine bay and floorpan), the newcomer was powered by a 2912cc OHV straight-six engine allied to either a four-speed manual gearbox plus overdrive, or three-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with new torsion-bar independent front suspension, telescopic shock absorbers and lower geared rack and pinion steering, it was visually distinguished by a 'power bulge' bonnet and taller 15-inch wheels. While early road tests criticised the car's 'nose heavy' handling, later reports were far kinder (which suggests that Abingdon's engineers quickly overcame the larger powerplant's extra mass). With some 145bhp and 170lb ft of torque on tap, the model was reputedly capable of 120mph. Nevertheless, too readily confused with the four-cylinder MGB, it was dropped in 1969 after just 4,544 Roadsters and 4,458 GTs had allegedly been made. Now, some 40 years later, the MGC's lack of period sales success only serves to make it more collectible.
The red 1968 Coupe (GT) offered, is a righthand drive model with black leather interior. It rides on wire wheels and is equipped with a Webasto Monte Carlo sunroof. Describing the MG as being in "fair" condition with regard to its engine, four-speed manual plus overdrive gearbox, electrical equipment, bodywork and paintwork, the vendor adds that "the worn front seats give additional headroom for tall drivers, and remain comfy". The car has had twelve keepers and comes with sixteen old MOT certificates. The current unwarranted odometer reading is circa 92,000 miles. Apparently the car had a decoke at 87,458 miles and was treated to a new clutch/lightweight flywheel and stainless steel exhaust at 90,068 miles. It is MOT'd into June next year and taxed until the end of May. We are informed that the MG C sees regular use and, thanks to the ready availability of spares for these cars, will hopefully motor on for many years to come. Though visually very similar to the MG B, Cs have a character all of their own and it is small wonder they have a loyal following among MG enthusiasts.
Fine Collectors' Cars|
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£6600|
|Engine capacity (cc)||2912|
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