Conceived as replacement for the ageing Austin-Healey 3000, the MGC debuted in 1967 powered by a new 2,912cc, six-cylinder engine designed for the Austin 3-Litre saloon. Compared to the Austin-Healey six, the new seven-bearing unit was both lighter and shorter but nevertheless represented a significant increase in bulk over the MGB's 1.8-litre, four-cylinder unit.
Persuading the larger engine into the existing MGB bodyshell resulted in a number of significant changes, not the least of which was the adoption of a new front cross member and torsion bar springing for the front suspension, while the bonnet was given its characteristic bulge. Synchromesh was added to the four-speed manual gearbox's first gear and there was also the option of Borg-Warner automatic transmission.
Although somewhat less agile than the lighter MGB, the 'C' nevertheless excelled as a Grand Tourer, its high axle ratio and lazy engine - 100mph equates to just 3,750rpm in overdrive - making for effortless high-speed cruising. The overdrive-equipped example that Autocar had on test in 1967 also proved significantly more accelerative, reaching 60mph in 10.0 seconds, some 3 seconds quicker than the 'B'. Better appreciated now than in its heyday, the MGC lasted for just two years, production ceasing in 1969 after around 9,000 cars had been built.
This MGC GT was purchased from a Mr Simon Wood of Millbrook, Southampton in 2011. Unfortunately, the history file is said to have been mislaid during a house move and the only documentation available consists of two expired MoT certificates and a service bill from December 2008. Nevertheless, we are advised that the recorded mileage of 52,000 is believed genuine. 'WFD 202H' has been re-sprayed because of faded paintwork but retains its original interior, the latter preserved in exceptional condition. The car is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 document.