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1970 MG MGC Roadster

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  • Mileage~100,601
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2,912cc
  • LocationTenby


1970 MG MGC Roadster

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Matt Nolan
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This MGC featuring a 3.0L straight-six up front is a more brawny version of its four pot MGB sibling.

This particular example is a very late model, registered and sold in 1970 when production actually ceased in 1969 (roughly 4,500 made). Today, these cars look great and they are the epitome of a classic car that beams through every angle.

David's example here looks great; Old English White, wired wheels, chrome work and that twin-carb engine; the MGC is a great little sunny day runaround. Backed up with a wealth of history and with David owning the car for the last 20 years - he has been a great custodian. The new owner has the opportunity to apply some minor touches of TLC that will really make this car shine.

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

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Meet the owner

After buying 20 years ago, I have loved using the MGC with my family ever since.

David has loved using the car as a run around with his loved ones, heading up to Ireland in some years and really enjoying the classic. He tells us of a tale where he used to get the car regularly serviced by the owner of G.F. Beck, Pembrokeshire; a mechanic who would take a trip to Le Mans every year to help out with their private race cars. He also made friends with other mechanics who helped him maintain the car well. Also being a member of the MG Car Club, Pembrokeshire up until 2017, all MOTs, invoices etc of his ownership can be found further down.

David states the car still drives great today and will provide the new owner with much joy. For 17 years he has been living in Wales now and has started to use the car more infrequently, providing the new owner with an opportunity to get the miles in this beautiful Old English truly deserves.

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In its original factory Old English White, David had the car resprayed in 2017.

Wheels and Tyres

15" wired wheels are looking in good condition in line with the car's age and sit on a mixture of Vredstein Sprint Classic (front) and Firestone F-560 with 165/15/86 profile. A decent set of tyres – preferably 185-section rather than the standard 165s are a good option when thinking about handling.

With a few minor bits of rust on some wheels, the new owner has the chance to correct this part of the MG. The car comes with a recently added brand new spare wheel and tyre from MGOC.


To accommodate the larger engine compared to the MGB, significant revisions to the size of the engine bay and floor pan were made. Although this did not change the style of the car, some small hints such as the distinctive bulge in the bonnet are visible to the passionate eye.

We saw no dents or bumps across the well designed classic and all shut lines look good. Testing the doors on our visit, all was in working; satisfying order.


As mentioned, David commissioned a respray on the car in 2017, please see the invoices.

The Old English White is generally in excellent condition across the car and shining nicely. We noticed the usual stone chips and some flicks of paint along some edges of the boot and bonnet, please see the photos for the full condition of the exterior.

Glass and Trim

All are in good condition across the car.

The chrome work looks great and kept well over the years.

You will notice in the photos that the passenger window is slightly further up and extends the fitting into the hood. This is not an issue, it was wound up a bit too high - simply adjusting down on the inside rectifies and there is nothing wrong with the fit or door shut.


A lot of the interior remains original - it's a lovely place to be and truly takes you back in time.

Seats and Carpets

The original black seats look excellent for the age of the car - 50 years old now!

Still looking comfortable, they will provide the new owner with some satisfaction for sure. A little rust under the floor pan looks like no problem at all if cared for correctly.


Keeping with the black theme, everything looks crisp and legible. A simple speed / tachometer extends beyond to the fuel tank and pressure gauges.

Having been regularly cleaned and serviced throughout David's ownership everything looks good here.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Both original to the car and looking as if enjoyed, they are in good condition.

The 4-speed gear stick operates the all-synchromesh gears.


The twin-carb engine sounds so smooth in our video.

Engine and Gearbox

BMC C series 2912cc 6 cylinder inline engine produced 145hp in its day. We started up the car in our usual video and noticed a clean sounding engine that has clearly been cared for through David and with the trust of professional classic car engineers every year - you can see by the invoices this car really has been well maintained by David.

The all-synchromesh 4-speed transmission has overdrive enabled on 3rd and 4th gear for easier driving.

Suspension and Brakes

Independent front by wishbone and adjustable torsion bar with a rear live axle for that rear-wheel-drive harmony. Underneath the car looks great and can be shown in the invoices to have been clean regularly.

Girling front disc and rear wheel drum with vacuum servo assistance have been serviced regularly throughout David's ownership and show no advisories in the last MOT. There is some surface rust on the brakes as David informs us he's got caught in the rain a couple of times but is in good working order.

The Drive

David informs us after driving close to 20,000 miles in his ownership from 2000, the car still drives great. He clearly enjoys looking after this classic convertible.

There are no abnormalities to discuss in terms of driving capacity and attention surely focuses on how good this Old English White looks on the road.

Electrics and Other

Many invoices show mechanical / electrical repairs and maintenance around the car such as new front lights being fitted in 2012 and spark plugs changed regularly throughout David's time with the car. We have been informed everything on the car works as expected but are waiting to hear back about the radio.

Mechanically, the soft top functions as expected, but as mentioned earlier, correcting the overextended window is manageable but can be rectified by the new owner.

History and Paperwork

Constant care and passionate ownership has kept this car running smoothly through David's 20 years of ownership.

On top of the MOTs and other invoices, David tended to carry out of a full service of the vehicle regularly. He has been a member of the MG Car Club, Pembrokeshire in the past and has enjoyed driving with fellow enthusiasts over the years.

There are some handwritten service records seen below in the gallery that do not have mileage counts but have dates. An interesting article David saw buying the MGC in 1999 can also be found further describing the condition and provenance the car had back then. Since bought, 20,000 miles have been driven bringing the total to the milestone of 'going round the clock' - currently reading 601 upon our visit just before the auction.

Checks carried out by us:
- Photo ID of seller.
- V5 checked against seller's photo ID.
- HPi checked and clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
30.04.2020 MOT 99,320
02.07.2019 Service & MOT 99,279
17.07.2017 MOT 99,269
20.07.2016 MOT 98,663
16.03.2016 Service 97,850
15.07.2015 Sevice & MOT 97,391
17.07.2014 Service & MOT 97,238
17.07.2013 Service & MOT 96,068
16.07.2012 MOT 95,231
05.07.2011 MOT 93,689
09.07.2010 MOT 93,689
01.06.2009 Service & MOT 91,307
10.06.2008 MOT 91,095
03.05.2007 MOT 89,825
04.05.2006 MOT 88,002
05.05.2005 MOT 87,184
05.05.2004 MOT 86,423
23.07.2003 Service 85,266
30.04.2003 MOT 85,128
11.12.2002 Service 84,067
30.04.2002 MOT 84,160
01.05.2001 MOT 83,343
27.04.2000 MOT 81,735
Key Details
  • ModelMGC
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date02.1970
  • CC2,912cc
  • Mileage~100,601
  • HistoryVery good ~20years
  • ColourOld English White
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #GCM8995G
  • Engine #RU/M.4779
  • Last Service04.2020
  • MOT04.2021
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former KeepersTBC
  • Tyre BrandMix
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~20 Years
  • Key FeatureLoved Car

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£15,600 bid by cja 03.09.2020 @ 19:59:09
£15,300 bid by cja 03.09.2020 @ 18:57:34

Is this a 3.07 or 3.3 ratio car?


Hi Wade – sorry I don’t know. Of course David will know but it’s near the end of the auction now.


Is this a 4 speed with a 3.07 ratio axle for easy driving?

Kulraj Salh

Reserve Now Met – This car will sell to the highest bidder tonight, good luck if you are getting involved in the bidding! Best, Kulraj

£15,000 bid by osborne-greaves 03.09.2020 @ 09:02:09
£14,300 bid by phil@lulworthdevelop 02.09.2020 @ 18:38:36
£13,000 bid by daidownwesr 02.09.2020 @ 15:42:06
£12,500 bid by phil@lulworthdevelop 01.09.2020 @ 18:57:26
Paul Shipton
Paul Shipton

Do you have a reserve on your auction?

Kulraj Salh

Hi Paul, yes indeed. All auctions have a reserve unless otherwise stated. When the reserve price has been met, we’ll update the listing to notify the bidders. Best, Kulraj

£9,500 bid by osborne-greaves 01.09.2020 @ 11:28:47
£9,000 01.09.2020 @ 10:18:12
£8,500 bid by David7544 31.08.2020 @ 17:33:32
£8,250 bid by Dunmedoe 31.08.2020 @ 16:53:27
£7,250 bid by g2000tpembroke 31.08.2020 @ 15:18:14
£7,000 bid by Drewman0901 31.08.2020 @ 12:40:37
£6,000 bid by PRO1 31.08.2020 @ 10:48:56

Are the floor pans just surface rust. Was the water was from the heater box. And has it been repairs?


i have talked to my mechanic & he says the rust is only surface rust & also the water did not come from the heater or any other possible unit inside the car.

£5,500 bid by PhilH 31.08.2020 @ 09:12:11
Mike Greaves
Mike Greaves

Lovely looking car. Been after one for a while to replace my C GT. Is there a buy now price?

Kulraj Salh

Hi Mike, no buy it now price on this one, as the auction is live with bidding. Just over 3 days to get your bids in after you’ve reviewed all the content :). Good luck if you decide to get involved in the bidding. Best, Kulraj


Hi Mike enter the race on aution site. May I suggest your bid should be over 16K to try & get my GREAT CAR

£5,000 bid by barney58 30.08.2020 @ 14:15:22
£3,500 bid by Dunmedoe 29.08.2020 @ 15:25:50
Colin Gallick
Colin Gallick

Does the C have overdrive?


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