1969 MG C GT CoupeSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $15,000 - $20,000


$22,000 Sold

145bhp, 2,912 cc, overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent torsion bar front and live axle leaf spring rear suspension, front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 91"

The MGB was introduced in 1962 as an answer to the growing knowledge and desire of economically minded enthusiasts for a more powerful and comfortable sports car. Three years later, MG introduced the MGB GT coupe. In appearance, the MGB GT had the same basic body as the MGB with the addition of a fixed roof. A hatch provided access to the rear luggage compartment and the rear seat folded down to increase storage capacity.

Although the coupe bodywork added some 270 pounds, its aerodynamic efficiency actually improved the car ĺ s handling and top speed, and the large rear side windows and glass did not hinder visibility. In short, the MGB GT offered enclosed comfort with sports car handling.

In 1967, MG stuffed an all-new inline six-cylinder engine into the MGB and aptly called it the MGC. Offered in both roadster and coupe form, aside from the pronounced bulges in the hood (to allow it to shut over the engine) and 14-inch wheels, the MGC looked just like its predecessor. With 145 horsepower, the MGC was the most powerful car MG ever produced, trumping even the 137hp V8-equipped MGBs of the mid-1970s, and was capable of over 120mph. Production would only last three years with less than 7,000 examples built.

The 1969 MGC GT offered here was a single owner vehicle for over 35 years, and enjoyed a pampered life in California. Upon acquisition, the vendor immediately commenced a complete, no expense spared restoration by the British automobile restoration experts at JAG Enterprises. Absolutely every area of the car, be it cosmetic or mechanical, was restored top concours condition.

Finished in a spectacular black base clear with a black leather accented interior, the MGC GT is certainly one of the finest examples in the world. With features like overdrive and heated back glass, the MGC GT is also a very usable classic. While MGBs are quite commonplace, finding an MGC GT is a very rare occasion, especially one that has been immaculately restored, such as the example presented here.

Reference Number 7246

as of 2/18/2007

Car 1969 MG C GT Coupe