MG MGC & MGC GT

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 MG MGC

Introduced in 1967, the MGC roadster and MGC GT fixed head coupe were outwardly very similar to the smaller engined MGB & MGB GT. The most noticeable external difference being the bulge in the bonnet of the C necessary to house the taller 2912cc six-cylinder BMC C series engine. Another difference was that the front suspension of the C was by torsion bar rather than the B's coil spring. The launch of the C was not met with the enthusiasm that had been expected as road testers of the day found that the heavy engine caused the car to handle less well than the MGB and that performance was lacking. Other criticisms of the day were that the MGC looked too similar to the B and did not have enough to set itself apart from the cheaper car. The MGC & MGC GT were both discontinued in 1969 after only approximately 4500 of each had been produced. This makes them quite a rare car today, and despite early criticisms quite desirable. At the end of the day this is after all a true 120mph sports car.


 

Specifications

Model

MGC & MGC GT

Years Produced

1967-1969

Body Type

2 door roadster or 2 door fixed head coupe, all steel unitary construction

Length

12ft 9in

Width

5ft 0in

Weight

2445lb

Engine

BMC C series 2912cc 6 cylinder inline

Power

145 bhp @ 5250 rpm

Torque

170lb ft @ 3400 rpm

Gearbox

4 speed manual, overdrive

Driven Wheels

Rear

Brakes

Disc front, drum rear

Front Suspension

Independent, by torsion bars

Rear Suspension

Leaf Spring, live axle

 

Performance

Model

MGC & MGC GT

Top Speed

120 mph

0-60 mph

10.0 seconds

Fuel Consumption

20 mpg approx

 

Useful Links

MG Car Club

MG Owners Club

MGC books at Amazon.co.uk

Ashford & Faversham MG Owners Club

Gallery