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1969 MG MGC “GTS” Recreation

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£15,900

  • Mileage~15,500
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.9L
  • LocationSwansea

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1969 MG MGC “GTS” Recreation

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Introduction

Matt Nolan
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This "GTS" recreation is a world away from a bog standard MGC, get this on the country roads and we can imagine the experience will be intoxicating!

The MGC was touted as BMC's replacement for the Austin-Healey 3000, a big 2.9L six cylinder engine upfront in the ever popular MGB set-up should have been an instant success. However, the press were not quite enamoured at the handling of the car, some say it was something to do with tyre pressures. The MGC GTS however was a totally different kettle of fish... coming out of the BMC Competition Department in Abingdon, it was a creation for the racing in the World Sportscar Championship. A lightweight version of the car with iconic bubble arches and of course all the racing gear through the drivetrain and chassis you'd expect created a very different beast.

That brings us to this example coming to market. Often you'll see MGC GT's which have been uprated to produce more power, and suspension, drivetrain and interior set-ups modified to make these cars much more suitable and competitive for racing. This example is coming to market after 16 years in the family, a racing past at Prescott previously, and heavily modified as an homage/recreation to the BMC works cars that raced in the 60s. The spec list of changes is impressive if you get around to looking past the exterior that is!

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Matt after meeting Mike the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

My dad had this car for ~16 years and loved it, now it's time for another enthusiast to enjoy it.

Mike inherited this car from his father in April after he passed away from a short illness. Mike is a petrolhead himself, but this MGC GTS recreation was very much his dads car, and so he's looking for someone with as strong a passion as his dad to take over ownership.

Mike's dad bought the car and set about making it a GTS homage that you see today. He had fibreglass bubble arches fitted, along with the iconic two tone front end of the MGC. It's a very striking car and looks great in the blue livery (the works cars being BRG).

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Exterior

Iconic bubble arches, this recreation is finished in a two tone blue and contrast white livery.

Wheels and Tyres

15" Compomotive minilite style wheels are fitted to this race inspired MGC. They are in very good condition as pictured, and are fitted with Kumho tyres all round that also look in good condition too.

View the picture gallery and video review for a closer look.

Bodywork

This car is a far cry from stock, but you can just about see an original MGC in there somewhere! Fitted with a racing front splitter, spoiler on the rear hatch and those distinctive flared "bubble arches", this recreation is all wolf and not a shrinking violet.

The car presents in very good condition, shut lines and panel gaps look good for a car of this era, and on our visit we didn't see any corrosion of note. Take a good look through the extensive photos and video review to see the whole exterior.

Paint

Finished in blue with a contrasting white/metal detailing across the car, it certainly has the race inspired look to it. The paint has a deep lustre to it, and the condition looks good with the odd stone chip or mark near a leading edge when you look closely.

Glass and Trim

All look in great condition on this GTS recreation, particularly the metal additions to the front of the car, and the racing decals that have been applied to really finish off the look.

Interior

Stripped back, upgraded, safety first... this interior has been transformed with racing alone in mind.

Seats and Carpets

Fitted with classic race seats and importantly Willians 4 point harnesses, it's a proper classic race set-up. There's a bit of black carpet in the boot if that's your kind of thing!

Dashboard

A modified dashboard and centre console on this race inspired MGC. The original dash has a fair few marks on it, and the car has been fitted with some back to basics metal plating in areas for the various additional switch-gear that comes with a race car like this.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A sports steering wheel wrapped in leather is fitted, and a stubby gear shifter for the Borg Warner T5 alloy gearbox. Both look in well raced condition, still lots of life left in them we think.

Mechanics

A heavily uprated race ready MGC, a previous rolling road showed ~220BHP on this GTS recreation.

Engine and Gearbox

Once you've finished looking at that iconic exterior, this MGC has had an extensive set of work completed to make it competitive. There is a full spec list in the history section, but at a summary level; Peter Burgess Big Valve Head, Kent 700 race cam, Cosworth pistons, Weber 45's, facet fuel pump Borg Warner T5 dog-leg gearbox.

Watch the cold start video to see the car spring in to life, the 3 carbs popping and spitting a little but settling down when a little warm.

Suspension and Brakes

Along with the power unit, the chassis set-up and braking has also been uprated; 1" lowered on the rear with 30% updated lever dampers, fully rose jointed, uprated torsion bars, uprated roll bar, GAZ adjustable gas dampers, 280MM drilled discs on the front and rear 9" drums.

In addition to the above, the car has been fitted with a roll cage which will of course further improve the torsional rigidity of the car. It's an impressive set-up which is no wonder why it has a history having won in its class at Prescott.

The Drive

A world away from a stock MGC, this example was build for hill climbing and sprints at Prescott, and further developed by Mikes late father for his own GTS homage. With the straight cut gear set and straight through exhaust system, we can imagine pressing the throttle is an addictive experience.

Electrics and Other

The car has a whole host of upgrades relating to the electrics, from the fuel pump, alternator, starter motor, electronic speedo from the prop shaft. The car also has fire extinguishers fitted as you'd expect. This car belonged to Mikes late father, but everything on the car is working to his knowledge.

History and Paperwork

An MGC GTS recreation, this car has had significant works completed to make it competitive at hill climbing, believed to have won in its class at Prescott hill climb events in the past.

This MG MGC GTS homage is coming to market after being inherited by Mike from his late father. In the family for ~16 years, the previous owners are believed to have raced the car competitively and won with the car in its class events.

The car has been uprated in every aspect, exterior/interior/mechanical elements. There are some spec lists that detail what the car is currently running, and previous rolling road outputs are believed to have shown the set-up turning out ~220BHP. This is a cracking example of a historic race car that looks to be begging for a new owner to race it once again.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi.

Key Details
  • ModelMGC "GTS" Recreation
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.08.1969
  • CC2,912
  • Mileage~15,500
  • ColourBlue
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #GCD1.6821G
  • Engine #29.GRUH.4195
  • RestoredYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers8
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Key FeatureSpecification







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A couple of questions:-

MOT check shows last MOT expired in April ’19, surprised that this isn’t shown in the documentation? This infers that the car has been in road use, is this correct or has it only been used for hill climbing

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