Lot 243 - 1969 MG C Roadster Ex-Met Police traffic car
|Odometer reading||62,000 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,100|
The arrival of the MGC in 1967 was greeted with mixed reaction from enthusiasts and the motoring press alike. It can be described as one of the most controversial sports cars ever produced from Abingdon and during its short life the car was never short of attention, particularly from journalists. The arrival of the MGC was partly due to the flagging sales of the Austin Healey 3000 and the fact that the original design of the MG monocoque structure was capable of taking larger power units than the 1800cc engine in the MG. Upon its launch the MGC was available in roadster form at £1,102 and in GT form at £1,249 and was considered very reasonably priced for one of the fastest production MG's produced. If, however, used as a relaxed high speed tourer, the MGC was an extremely civilised motor car.
In 1969, the Metropolitan Police ordered this, amongst other MGC Roadsters, to be actively used as unmarked traffic cars', utilising their powerful engine's to catch and surprise those not abiding by the letter of the law on our roads. This example has been completely restored to a standard that can only be admired, fastidious attention to detail and originality has been taken to ensure this car is, as it was, when in active duty during the 1970's including an original handset radio in the glove box and Winkworth bell behind the front grill. WGJ 208G has been verified by the historic police vehicles registrar and is accompanied by an MG heritage certificate which we are informed the attention to detail has been extended to even ensure correct positioning of the rear only police plate, this was so at the time you would not know that you have been caught out by the Police until such point as that you were pulled over by the 'boys in blue'.
Included in the restoration was a full body off, bare-metal re-spray, new carpets and interior, new or restored chrome work and a refresh on the previously restored engine creating, as the vendor describes, a truly wonderful example of a car that could tell many stories. Offered with an MoT certificate valid until July 2015, V5 registration documents, full photographic evidence of the restoration accompanied by the bills for the restoration, this truly is a rare opportunity to own one of very few metropolitan traffic cars.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.