Wed, 16th Dec 2020 13:00

The Motor House, Warrington

  Lot 9

1969 MG C Roadster

Sold for £17,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: LGR506G
Chassis No: GCN11698G
MOT: March 2021

  • A home market car first registered in Sunderland on 22nd January 1969
  • Comes with an original handbook, workshop manual and numerous bills / MOTs
  • Treated to a new water pump, radiator, clutch and brake overhaul during the past three years
  • Shod with new Goodyear radial tyres all round

Finished in the classic and ever popular combination of British Racing Green with Black leather upholstery, this home market example was first registered in Sunderland on 22nd January 1969. Covering a mere 10,000 miles over the last nineteen years, the MG has nonetheless been well maintained including an upgrade to adjustable Spax front shock absorbers. Benefiting from a new water pump and brake system overhaul in 2017, the following year saw it treated to a new radiator and fresh clutch (the latter installed c.2,000 miles ago). Starting readily upon inspection and pulling well through the gears, the Roadster has no trouble keeping up with modern traffic and boasts a functioning overdrive. Self-evidently the subject of past restoration work, the two-seater remains highly presentable. The Black, rip-free hood stows away under a matching cover, while the engine bay is nicely detailed even down to the ‘Coopers’ sticker on the air filter box. Passing its last MOT test on 26th February 2020 with ‘no advisories’, this handsome MG C Roadster is offered for sale with history file including an original handbook, workshop manual and bills / MOTs dating back to 2001.

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 allied to either four-speed manual plus overdrive or three-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with new torsion-bar independent front suspension, telescopic shock absorbers and lower geared rack and pinion steering, it was visually distinguished by a 'power bulge' bonnet and taller 15-inch wheels. While, early road tests criticised the car's 'nose heavy' handling later reports were far kinder (which suggests that Abingdon's engineers quickly overcame the larger powerplant's extra mass). With some 145bhp and 170lbft of torque on tap, the model was reputedly capable of 120mph. Too readily confused with the four-cylinder MGB, it was dropped in 1969 after just 4544 Roadsters and 4458 GTs had allegedly been made. Though, some forty years on the MGC's lack of period sales success has only made it more collectible.

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Parker


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