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Lot 053: MG C Roadster

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

The MGC was never really given the chance in life it deserved. Introduced to replace the much loved Austin-Healey 3000, in period it was seen to be too closely related to the MGB which was a great shame because in many ways it was a more than worthy successor. The designated C series seven bearing 3.0 litre straight six of around 150bhp gave the engineers their first headache. The length of the big 6 and the proximity of the bulkhead meant that the new engine protruded further forwards than in the smaller engined MGB. This meant the removal of the suspension cross member, replacing the whole setup with a longitudinal torsion bar system which stretched back under the floor. The cars went well, sounded good and were fast, 120mph being easily attainable. Alas the press didn't respond well to the new model. Perhaps the slightly dulled steering (lower geared than the MGB to cope with the extra weight up front) was to blame. Probably the similarity between the MGC and the MGB was more significant; the only external distinguishing features other than the badging being 15 wheels and a large bulge in the bonnet. Much was made of under-steer issues at the time; however in reality this was unfair, the low geared steering and higher road speeds being the more likely culprits. The weight bias at 53% front, 47% rear was perfectly reasonable and certainly today's modern tyres and a quicker steering rack more than compensate. This superb example was first registered in March 1968 to a customer in Wilmslow via the MG dealer and coachbuilder Joseph Cockshoot and Co. of Manchester. The accompanying Heritage Certificate shows that it was specified with a heater, wire wheels, tonneau and pack-away hood. The original sales literature was found in the boot, whilst it retains its original green log book showing that the personalised number it carries today was selected by its first owner at the time of first registration. Zeibart treated from new, it has had just 4 owners in total, the second of whom used the car up until 1980 by which time it had covered just 57,614 miles. It was then placed in a garage which was eventually bricked up, the car remaining undiscovered until ex-MG apprentice Paul Hughes spotted it whilst out walking his dog in 2003. The veteran of a number of quality restorations, he managed to purchase the car and undertook a ground up renovation. Extensively photographed, it included the removal and rebuild of the engine, gearbox and back axle, plus a full body rebuild which included new doors, wings and sills. Once completed it was thoroughly waxoiled, and was treated again with a second dose in 2010. Purchased by the vendor just 26 miles later in 2008, he has added 10,200 miles (a new speedometer was fitted at 58,704) of totally reliable motoring. Most of this has been on long trips, the vendor having toured Spain, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Scotland  all completely trouble free. There is even a photograph of the car being waved off by HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in 2009. A full set of MOTs accompany the car  including that issued in 1973 - and it comes with a storm cover, short and long tonneau covers and chrome boot rack. The original MW/LW radio is also in full working order. Since the vendor purchased it in 2008 he has added a new SU fuel pump with printed circuit, a fuel filter, immobiliser, new thermostat, new discs and pads, radiator, Lumenition electronic ignition, Tiptro over-drive release system and Koni shock absorbers to the rear. He has also kept the car in a heated garage and maintained a complete log of every journey, along with all invoices which are presented in a comprehensive folder. The way MGC prices have been going of late makes this well restored example look like a shrewd buy. Reliable, fully sorted and ready to go, the vendor hopes that the new owner will get as much fun from this lovely example as he has.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number053
Estimate£18000-£20000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1968
Condition rating
Registration numberENA 841D
Mileage-
Chassis numberG-CN1/503 G
Engine number29G-RU-H/388
Engine capacity (cc)2912
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors