Monday, July 13, 2009

1969 MGC GT

On paper the MGC seemed like a good idea.
It wasn't.
It wasn't that it was a bad car, it just wasn't what BMC wanted it to be.

The MGC was BMCs attempt to replace the Austin Healey 3000. Someone should have realized early on that you can't replace a car as legendary as the 3000 with a badge engineered MGB, even if it did have a 6 cylinder engine in it instead of the B's 4.

The MGC looked like an MGB. There was a bulge in the hood (bonnet) which was needed for the taller 6 cylinder engine, 15" wheels and, of course, new badges, but not much else changed.

Even though BMC completely revised the B's suspension, the car didn't handle as well as the B. Add to that the fact that the C wasn't a whole lot quicker than the B and there was little reason to buy the more expensive MGC. BMC built just under 9000 MGCs during its run. About half of those found their way to the US.

The MGC was available in both coupe and roadster form. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the GT style of the MGB / MGC has really grown on me and I'd take this car over a roadster.

The car listed on eBay is remarkable not just for being a surviving C, but for the condition it's in. This is one of the nicest MGC GTs I've seen in a long time. It's had a "smart" restoration done, meaning that the only things changed from the original are hidden and make the car better (i.e. stainless steel exhaust). The car has a modern CD player in it, but according to the seller, "it could all be removed with no trace of it ever being installed". The wire wheels are not stock MG, but the originals are included with the car. The seller also states "the body has no rust and no accident damage. Other than some surface rust in the trunk and in the lower foot wells no rust at all". That's impressive as MGBs and MGB GTs were prone to rust.

As I write this the car has one bid on it for $10,000.00 and the reserve has not been met. This car isn't going to sell cheap, nor should it.

A good driver quality MGB GT could be had for less money. But, if you're looking for something a little more exclusive than a B you won't do much better than this MGC GT.

Located in Nashville, TN, Click here to see the eBay listing for this car. (This, in my opinion, is a model eBay listing - a lot of clear pictures, clear and concise information and no "salesmanship". All eBay listings should be this good.)

Click here
for more info on the MGC, courtesy of MGcars.org.uk.

2 comments:

Danny P said...

I had one of these in the 70's. It was the worst car I ever drove in the rain. The back end would come out without warning. Skinny bias ply tires didn't help. Other than that I loved it. I wouldn't mind another but I'm too big to fit into one now!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to look at aa MGC GT tomorrow that has been sitting up for a few years and before that was in two minor wrecks. Wish me luck. Jerry