Lot 298 - 1969 MG C Roadster
|Odometer reading||322 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
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 MGs produced. If, however, used as a relaxed high speed tourer, the MGC was an extremely civilised motor car to drive.
This MGC was originally registered in the U.S. and repatriated to the UK in 2014 by MGC specialist Brian Hutchison. When he received the car, he set about restoring her to a very high standard and included stripping the car to a bare shell. This was found to be in excellent original condition and work began to prime the body and paint her in tartan red. The prepared shell was then fitted out with a new wiring loom, brakes and suspension, at the same time converting TOR 423G to righthand drive. A stainless steel exhaust was fitted and new 72 spoke chrome wire wheels. The engine, gearbox, overdrive unit and rear axle were overhauled as necessary. A complete new interior was fitted with the seats trimmed in leather and a new hood and frame put the finishing touches to this magnificent vehicle. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate, this MGC has been rebuilt to correct original UK specification and having completed a mere 200 miles since completion, she is in stunning condition.