Much has been written about the small MG Midget and the larger MGB convertible. However, this article focuses on the MGC GT. This MG has a hardtop, a hatchback at the rear and it was only available in the U.S. from 1967-1969.
Because of its short 3-year production run and the fact that only a limited number MGC’s were imported to the United States, this classic is quite rare. However, there is a common perception that the car is nose heavy, its handling is poor and it is underpowered. Well, as a rebuttal, consider that in 1969 Prince Charles of England was reportedly given a MGC GT for his 21st birthday. Bottom line: The somewhat negative perception of the car has helped hold its price in check (that’s the sweet spot!).
The MGC GT is equipped with a 3.0-liter dual carburetor inline six-cylinder engine delivering 145 hp and 170 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive or a rare three-speed automatic. The six-cylinder engine (the MGB convertible is equipped with a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine) enables the car to be a great touring and relaxed long distance runner. The car’s 0-60 time is in 10 seconds and the top speed is 120 mph.
The windshield is upright. The fenders and hood bulge a bit to accept the car’s larger engine. The front has a classic British sports car look. From the side the MGC GT has tall greenhouse glass surrounded by chrome. At the back, there is a hatch that allows easy loading of cargo.
The interior consists of front bucket seats that provide an upright driving position. The dash houses a four gauge cluster. The rear leg room is tight but the hatch configuration is highly practical.
The brakes are discs at the front and drums at the rear. The tires are 15 inch units.
The suspension at the front consists of torsion bars, wishbones, lever-arm dampers and an anti-roll bar. The rear suspension includes leaf springs and lever arms. The MGC GT is reported to do a good job of soaking up bumps and providing a smooth ride.
The MGC GT’s engine and transmission are robust. And regarding the car’s handling? A new set of modern radial tires and light suspension work does wonders for the car. Additionally, reports suggest that car’s radiator should be upgraded as well. However, like the tires, the radiator upgrades are fairly minor expenses.
If it was good enough for Price Charles, the MGC GT might be good enough for you. If you desire a classic British sports car, consider it! Remember, a good inspection on a lift and thorough test drive are highly recommended before your purchase.
Visit the slideshow to see the 1967-1969 MGC GT!
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