Lot 227 - 1969 MG C Roadster
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,500|
- Lovely restoration
- Incredible attention to detail
- Lots of history
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 the first 'high performance' version of the MGB and was very much more than a tuned MGB; in fact it 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.
Originally supplied to the USA, this MGC unusually comes with lots of history from its life across the pond. Having just been restored and converted from left hand drive to right hand drive, this wonderful C has benefitted from a complete overhaul including new chrome, wheels, tyres, PJM leather interior, windscreen, heritage sills, wiring loom, steering rack and radiator amongst other things. The car is reported to drive incredibly smoothly with overdrive available on 3rd and 4th gears. The vendor, who has owned and restored many of these, was very impressed by its condition when it arrived from the States. He pointed out the original, painted underneath, unusually in the same white as the rest of the body was painted. Supplied with its UK V5C registration document and lovely history file and with its restoration just completed, this beautiful MGC is ready to be enjoyed.
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