When the “M.G. Division” of British Motor Holdings was tasked with creating a replacement for the long-lived Austin-Healey 3000, the corporate bosses latched onto Abingdon’s plan to build a six-cylinder MGB. Donald Healey himself squashed the idea of a Healey-badged M.G., but the idea saw light for model year 1968 when the new BMC “C-series” seven-main-bearing, twin SU-carburetted, 2,912cc straight-six engine was shoehorned into the B. This unit was physically taller and 340 pounds heavier than the MGB’s 98hp, 1.8-liter four, and fitting it required swapping the front suspension’s coil springs for torsion bars. In spite of its overly generous dimensions, the three-litre was an impressively smooth unit of 145hp at 5,250 rpm and 174-lbs.ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm, making it the most powerful M.G. sports car built until the RV8 of 1994.
The body shell needed considerable revision from its predecessor 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 and Roadster. An overdrive gearbox or three-speed automatic gearbox were available as options. The car was capable of 120 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 10.0 seconds.
This beautiful 3 owner example was despatched from the works to Knott Brothers in Bournemouth on the 9th April 1968, fitted with the options of wire wheels, overdrive, a heater and folding hood. The MGC enjoyed a highly detailed restoration during 1990 before being placed into the large collection of a private enthusiast. Having been dry-stored for a number of years, the MGC is ready for light recommissioning work before being enjoyed by its lucky next owner.
MGCs are believed by many enthusiasts to be a nicer car to own and drive than the comparable Healey of the era. Finished in a delightful shade of Mineral Blue with a contrasting black leather interior, is begging to be enjoyed and driven with gusto. Offered with green logbook, older MoTs, and large amount of invoices for previously restoration work, this is a very sensibly priced example of a proper 60s sportscar.