1968 MGC Roadster - Fully restored with history fron new For Sale
When previously sold by the well known Classic & Sportscar Centre of Malton Yorks in 2015, our MGC was described as ‘A truly outstanding, fully rebuilt MGC Roadster which is an original home market UK car that was supplied to JRJ Mansbridge Limited, Lincoln on the 12th February 1968. GVL 249F was supplied new in Mineral Blue with Black leather upholstery and wire wheels, heater and pack away hood. We have the MG's original BMC passport to service booklet that contains the first owner's details, a lady in Grantham, Lincolnshire. The MG sold to its second owner in Grantham on the 18th July 1978 and it stayed in the same town when transferring to it third owner on the 18th March 1985. We have MOT certificates dating back to 1981 and various invoices for maintenance work during the 1980's and 1990's’ On inspection we concur with their description.
In more recent years the MGC has been subject of a full nut and bolt rebuild to show standard condition. The restoration of this car has been carried out to an exceptionally high standard and Today the mileage stands at 96782, and we would estimate that the restoration was carried out in the early / mid 2000’s and that car has now covered only some 2400 miles since restoration.
The bodywork is first class with excellent straight panels, no rust issues and has gleaming Mineral Blue paintwork. The chrome work is first class, the chrome wire wheels are as new and all tyres are excellent. The engine bay is beautifully detailed and ready to show, the boot has been professionally carpeted and the upholstery is stunning with lovely leather, new carpets, MG over mats, perfect door cards, dashboard and excellent hood. The underside is stunning and remarkably clean.
On the road the MGC is tremendous with a powerful 3.0 engine that offers superb performance and sound. The oil pressure is excellent, the engine responds superbly under load and it ticks over at idle faultlessly. The four speed gearbox is first class with excellent synchro’s and the overdrive comes in and out smoothly. the car is fantastic fun and handles, brakes and steers superbly. The car is a true delight on the road and is very tight, precise and drives as one would expect when new. We are not aware of any mechanical faults, everything works correctly including all gauges and this example really is truly outstanding on the road and has a wonderful instantly recognisable exhaust note. Over the past three years the MGC has been owned by one of our regular customers who has enjoyed using the car in good weather only
The MGC comes with the following documentation, original BMC service book & warranty confirming first owner.Tax discs from 1978, MOT’s confirming mileage from 1983, bill’s and invoices.
On launch in 1987,the MGC was a 2912 cc, straight–6 version of the MGB,produced through to August 1969 with some sales running on into 1970. The car was given the model code ADO52. It was intended as a replacement for the Austin–Healey 3000 which would have been ADO51 but in that form, never got beyond the design proposal stage. The first engine to be considered was an Australian–designed six–cylinder version of the BMC B–Series but the production versions used a 7 main bearing development of the Morris Engines designed C–Series that was also to be used for the new Austin 3–litre 4–door saloon. In the twin SU carburettor form used in the MGC the engine produced 145 bhp (108 kW) at 5250 rpm. The body shell needed considerable revision 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 (GT) and roadster. An overdrive gearbox or three–speed automatic gearbox were available as options. The car was capable of 120 mph (193 km/h) and a 0–60 mph time of 10.0 seconds.
The heavy engine (209 lb heavier than the 1798 cc MGB engine) and new suspension changed the vehicle’s handling, and it received a very mixed response in the automotive press. The MGC was cancelled in 1969 after less than two years of production. Today the car is considered very collectible and the main causes of the poor reputation relating to handling have in the main been overcome by better tires and subtle modification of suspension settings. Simple tuning of the under–developed straight six is also common and simple modifications to head, exhaust and cam release approximately 30 percent more power and torque than original.
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