17th Nov, 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Lot 62

1969 MG C GT

Sold for £18,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ENP 597J
Chassis No: GCD17040G
MOT: Nov 2022

  • Originally finished in Snowberry White with Black upholstery and supplied new via dealer Lex Tillotson of Kidderminster
  • Owned by an engineer and MG Club member for twenty-two years (1990-2012) who treated it to a 600 hour restoration
  • Uprated with a 12-volt battery conversion, Maniflow tubular exhaust manifold and electronic distributor

Intended as a flagship sportscar to replace the Austin-Healey 3000, the MGC was introduced in autumn 1967. Based around the same two-door monocoque bodyshell as the humble MGB (albeit with a substantially altered engine bay and floorpan), the newcomer was powered by a 2912cc OHV straight-six engine and promised a 120mph top speed. Too readily confused with its four-cylinder sibling to be a sales success, the MGC was dropped in 1969 after just 4544 Roadsters and 4458 GTs had allegedly been made.

According to its accompanying Heritage Certificate, chassis GCD17040G was originally finished in Snowberry White with Black upholstery and despatched from the Abingdon works to dealer Lex Tillotson of Kidderminster in October 1969. Not road registered as ‘ENP 597J’ for another twelve months, the C GT was sold to third owner Alan Davies as a restoration project by Bromsgrove MG Spares on 16th January 1990. The associated invoice for £3,400 remains on file and clearly states: ‘Please Note: Stored 15 years. Mileage: 16,572 from new’. A trained engineer and MG Club member, Mr Davies proceeded to renovate the Coupe over the next seven years. The project was photographically documented and reportedly consumed some 600 hours. Sold on by Mr Davies’ estate in 2012, ‘ENP 597J’ was further improved by its next keeper who fitted a new core plug, fuel pump, brake servo, electronic distributor and front wheel bearings not to mention renewing the foam in the front seats and replacing the front wings. Other works are understood to have seen the engine benefit from a top-end overhaul and the installation of a new exhaust system complete with tubular Maniflow manifold. Converted from twin 6-volt batteries to a single 12-volt item, the MG also boasts an auxiliary power socket for a phone charger or sat-nav etc. Currently displaying 22,000 miles to its odometer, this appealing C GT is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, fresh MOT certificate and history file.

PLEASE NOTE: This lot is fitted with power steering and possesses a MOT certificate valid until November 2022

PLEASE NOTE: This lot is fitted with power steering and possesses a MOT certificate valid until November 2022


Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 17th Nov, 2021

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Tuesday 16th November 2021 from 12pm to 6pm
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