1969 MGC GT (1969)
When the “M.G. Division” of British Motor Holdings was tasked with creating a replacement for the long-lived Austin-Healey 3000, the corporate bosses latched onto Abingdon’s plan to build a six-cylinder MGB. Donald Healey himself squashed the idea of a Healey-badged M.G., but the idea saw light for model year 1968 when the new BMC “C-series” seven-main-bearing, twin SU-carburetted, 2,912cc straight-six engine was shoehorned into the B. This unit was physically taller and 340 pounds heavier than the MGB’s 98hp, 1.8-liter four, and fitting it required swapping the front suspension’s coil springs for torsion bars. In spite of its overly generous dimensions, the three-litre was an impressively smooth unit of 145hp at 5,250 rpm and 174-lbs.ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm, making it the most powerful M.G. sports car built until the RV8 of 1994.
The body shell needed considerable revision from its predecessor around the engine bay and to the floor pan, but externally the only differences were a distinctive bonnet bulge to accommodate the relocated radiator and a teardrop for carburettor clearance. It had different brakes from the MGB, 15 inch wheels, a lower geared rack and pinion and special torsion bar suspension with telescopic dampers. Like the MGB, it was available as a Coupé and Roadster. An overdrive gearbox or three-speed automatic gearbox were available as options. The car was capable of 120 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 10.0 seconds.
Purchased by the vendor in 1994 and always having been dry-stored, this lovely Dutch MGC GT is a perfect example for an MG enthusiast. Fitted with the highly desirable and sought-after manual gearbox with overdrive, this MGC is made ever more collectable by not having the automatic three-speed gearbox, and even more due to the limited production run of two years for the MGC making it a much rarer and collectable MG to its predecessor.
Mechanically in very good condition, the engine and carburettors were overhauled in 2016 and included in the car’s lovely history-file, are bills for this work totalling €7,850. Additional work included, renewing various brake and clutch-related components and the gearbox was equipped with a new overdrive which was installed by MG-specialist Octagon.
In the 90s, minor work was carried out on the bodywork where necessary and the overall condition, is lovely and original with light patina.
Equipped with stainless steel exhaust system, leather steering wheel, 4x new Dunlop tires and two new batteries. Included in the cars history file are inspection reports and numerous invoices.
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- Year: 1969
- Fuel type: Petrol
- Colour: Green
- First registered: 1969
- Engine size (Litres): 1.8