Lot 221 - 1969 12990 C GT
|Odometer reading||81,300 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,600|
Early in the design stages of the MGB there was an intention to create high performance variants, using a range of V8 engines that did not make it to production. One such variant was the MGC - very much more than a tuned MGB and in fact a completely re-engineered car although retaining many visual connections to the MGB. On the outside the MGC was often mistaken for an MGB as the only visual differences were in the heavily bulged bonnet with a transverse chrome strip that accentuated the bulges and the standard use of 15" wheels instead of 14". Inside there were few differences between the B and C other than the 140mph speedo and tacho with a yellow and red banding set against lower rpms than the MGB. Under the skin though and the differences became obvious with most changes up front. The engine was a BMC C series six cylinder 2912cc unit of the type used in the Austin Healey 3000 which added considerable weight as well as bulk. This required a new torsion bar front suspension along with uprated braking.
This MGC GT is fitted with a manual gearbox and overdrive and
was subject to a cosmetic restoration to an extremely high standard
by the previous owner who owned a body repair shop. It was
restored over a period of time only replacing cosmetic parts that
required replacing, keeping the originality of the car wherever
possible and, at the same time, the suspension and braking systems
where completely overhauled. The current owner has recently had the
car fully serviced, had two twelve volt batteries fitted, to
replace the original six volt batteries to boost starting power and
for reliability, and new Firestone 185/65/15 inch tyres all round.
Finished in the original colours of old English white with black
leather seats, it comes
supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2014 and old test certificates. This is an extremely sound example that drives well and has been properly detailed underneath including a Wax Oil; the new owner can be safe in the knowledge of a job well done. This represents an extremely well appointed, well prepared and, as the name suggests, well considered Grand Tourer.
Previous lotLot 220 - 1932 12851 Seven RN Saloon
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.