Lot 257 - 1968 MG C GT

Lot 257 - 1968 MG C GT

Lot 257 - 1968 MG C GT

Lot Number 257
Registration FAR 279G
Chassis Number GCD12564G
Engine Number 29GRC/42240
Odometer reading 74,292 miles
Estimate £13,000 - £16,000
Result Sold - £14,300
  • Correct engine but brand new from a crate in 2013 from MG
  • Good condition throughout with automatic gearbox

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 six-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 right hand drive models being built.

This lovely example of this rare British GT is presented in red with black interior. Its six cylinder 2.9 engine is a replacement from the original, installed in 2013. There is a letter in the history file stating that one of its owners had bought the engine from a Mr Bowman who had himself bought the engine brand new from MG just as this model ceased production and kept it in a crate. It was subsequently taken from the crate and put into this car in 2013. The bodywork and interior are in good condition and the wonderful smooth straight six engine is a joy.

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.

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