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Monday, March 17, 2014

Classics at Beaulieu: 1968 MGC GT

1968 MGC GT
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Unlike the 1963 Hillman Imp I wrote about in my last post about the National Motor Museum, this pale blue MGC GT is a rare car, with only 4,457 of the GT version ever built. The MG Owners Club website says only 9,002 MGCs were built at all (the others were roadsters).

The MGC was meant to replace the Austin Healey 3000, which was no longer selling as well as it had been. While you can find a much more detailed explanation on the MG Owners Club site, basically it was decided to stuff the engine from the Austin Healey 3000 into the body of an MGB (obviously, there had to be changes made to both). The result was good for cruising, and had a top speed of 120 mph, but didn’t have the MGB’s sporty moves and handling.

This particular model has just 20,000 miles on it and is in “extremely original” condition.

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