This competition-prepared MGC's accompanying BMIHT certificate states that it was despatched new on 1st May 1968 via John Gibson & Sons, Edinburgh. In the early 1980s 'XYX 39G' belonged to a Rex Russell, while there are bills on file and a list of all work done between 1982 and 1985 when the car was owned by a Mr S G Sharratt of Boston, Lincolnshire. Previous owner Mark Burnside converted the car to competition specification between 2003 and 2008 in order to contest the MG Car Club Championship. The car has been built in accordance with the MGCC's competition rules and all modifications comply with their race series regulations. In preparation for track use the body was stripped of all interior trim and sound insulation, and fitted with a Safety Devices full roll cage, Cobra Monaco racing seats, TRS 4-point harnesses, plumbed-in fire extinguishing system and battery cut off switch. Weight was shed by fitting glassfibre front wings, bonnet and boot, plus lightened doors with Perspex windows. Fuel lines from the JAZ baffled tank and cables from the boot-mounted Red Top racing battery run inside the body. The car weighs approximately 970kg. Rated at 245bhp, the engine incorporates a gas-flowed cylinder head with balanced combustion chambers; Cosworth pistons; steel con-rods; high-lift camshaft; aluminium baffled sump; high-capacity oil pump; adjustable vernier timing gear; harmonic crankshaft damper; wedged and cross-drilled crankshaft; and lightened flywheel with competition clutch rated at 400bhp, all fully balanced. Mixture is supplied via triple Dell'Orto 48mm carburettors fed by a Holley electric fuel pump with fuel pressure regulator. Other noteworthy features include a high-torque starter motor, high-capacity alternator, extra core radiator and oil cooler. Power is transmitted to the four-speed straight-cut competition gearbox (complete with 'short shift' kit) and thence to a Quaife limited-slip differential. The wheels are 15"x7.5" Minator alloys shod with Yokohama A048 tyres. MG Motorsport supplied the competition steering box, while the lowered suspension features up-rated torsion bars; competition anti-roll bars and rear springs; anti-tramp bars and up-rated shock absorbers. The braking system has been up-rated appropriately with Wilwood four-pot callipers and competition pads, the rear drums being left standard but fitted with competition linings. Purchased by the current vendor in 2010, the car benefits from recent expenditure of £3,500 with A J Barnard Engineering in February 2011, prior to a Goodwood track day. Described as in generally good condition, 'XYX 39G' is offered with history file, assorted MoTs from the 1980s onwards, FIVA identity card, MoT to July 2012 and Swansea V5C document.