Lot 153 - 1968 MG C GT
|Odometer reading||6,273 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £21,000|
|Result||Sold - £22,400|
- Subject to a stunning restoration in 2005
- Manual with overdrive
- Electronic ignition
The MGC was the first 'high performance' version of the MGB as 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 very much more than a tuned MGB and in fact was a completely re-engineered car, although still 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 inch wheels instead of 14 inch on the MGB. 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 however 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. This required a new torsion bar front suspension along with uprated braking. The gearbox was also a new stronger all synchromesh unit with optional overdrive.
Only produced between 1967 and 1969, the MGC GT is a rare car with only 2,034 righthand drive models being built. This example is finished in stunning Primrose yellow with black leather upholstery in equally fabulous condition. Benefitting from a full bare metal respray and restoration in 2005 it resulted in being described as better than it left the factory and in 2009 an independent inspector described it as in concours condition. It was dispatched by the factory on 9th July 1968 to Henley’s of London and originally registered as MMR 660G on a Wiltshire plate. It was fitted with a manual gearbox with the optional overdrive in 3rd and 4th gears. Part of the restoration included stripping down the engine and removing the head before converting to unleaded and all parts reconditioned; wherever possible much of this work was photographed. Our vendor who resided in Jersey brought the car with him when he moved back to the mainland in 2018 and recently upgraded the car to electronic ignition. The history file is very comprehensive and includes the Heritage Certificate, receipts and bills together with V5C registration document and MoT certificates. Owned with a no expense spared philosophy this is certainly one of the nicest MGC’s we have offered and therefore viewing is highly recommended for what is becoming an ever-desirable British classic.
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