Lot 339 - 1969 MG C GT
|Odometer reading||13,600 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,400|
The MGC was the first 'high performance' version of the MGB. From early in the design stages of the MGB there was an intention to create high performance variants, using a range of Vee engines that did not make it to production. The MGC was much more than a tuned MGB, in fact it was a completely re-engineered car, but retained many visual connections to the MGB. On the outside the MGC was often mistaken for an MGB as the only visual difference was the heavily bulged bonnet with a transverse chrome strip that accentuated the bulges, and the standard use of 15 inch wheels instead of the 14 inch used on the MGB. Inside there were very few differences between the B and C, other than the 140mph speedometer and tachometer with a yellow and red banding, set against lower RPM than the MGB.
Look under the skin though and the differences became obvious, with most changes up front. The engine was a BMC C series 6 cylinder 2912cc development of that used in the Austin Healey 3000 and Austin Westminster, which added considerable weight as well as bulk. This required a new torsion bar and front suspension, along with an uprated braking system. The gearbox was also a new stronger all synchromesh unit with optional overdrive.
This lovely cherished example is presented in ivory with black interior and has the desirable, dashboard mounted, overdrive option fitted. The present owner has also added, for ease in modern motoring, a Kenlow fan which is ideal for City/Town driving. The crisp rasp of the six cylinder engine is a joy to behold. These lively British sports cars are still a joy to drive today as they were when first produced in the 1960s.
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