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.
Finished in Tartan Red with black leather upholstery (piped in red), this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "superb" condition with regard to its engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Reportedly treated to a £33,000 plus restoration that was only completed 1,000 miles ago, 'SDG 750H' is understood to "drive extremely well". Further benefiting from over £3,000 worth of more recent expenditure, the Roadster boasts a wood-rim Motolita steering wheel, black vinyl roof, tonneau cover and stainless steel exhaust. Riding on gleaming wire wheels shod with fresh tyres, this rare and beautifully presented MGC is accompanied by "a huge history file".
PLEASE NOTE: The MOT certificate accompanying this vehicle expires in May 2009.