Lot 23: 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 manual (plus overdrive), righthand drive 1968 car on offer is a Mineral blue example with black leather interior. It has enjoyed ongoing development and renovation over the years and is described by the owner as "a first class touring car". It was apparently the subject of an extensive restoration in the mid '80s at which time the engine was overhauled and fully balanced by marque specialist Oselli and treated to a lightened flywheel. Following the rejuvenation it is said to have won the prestigious Cynthia Batley Trophy. It also featured in Practical Classics magazine in 1985 and 1988. Since 1992 it has been maintained by MG Motorsport of Bovingdon. During that time they have fitted: uprated torsion bars, polyurethane suspension bushes, telescopic rear dampers, a high ratio steering rack, a Downton six-branch exhaust manifold and twin pipe system, an uprated radiator and 16-row oil cooler. A complete respray and body refurbishment were carried out in 2001 and a retrim and the fitting of new reclining leather seats took place the following year. Recent improvements concern the provision of new 5.5in wire wheels and spinners, and Yokohama tyres. The vendor describes the paintwork as "good" and the engine, transmission and interior trim as "very good". The car is taxed until the end of July and MOT'd into August. With its long-legged gearing and Webasto sunroof etc, this well sorted C is said to be a fine continental tourer.
H&H Sales Limited, Stoneleigh Park
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Engine capacity (cc)||2912|
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|Number of doors||2|