MGC BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Anniversaries -

1 slick­shift­ing

Gear­box prob­lems might de­note is­sues with the layshaft bear­ings. Trans­mis­sion is­sues are one of the main weak points of the ‘C so pay at­ten­tion to any prob­lems with gear changes.

2 spot the grot

The C’s body is ex­tremely rust-prone; pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the sills, front and rear wheel arches, bat­tery tray, spring hang­ers, the floor­pan and the cross­mem­ber.

3 burn­ing oil

A propen­sity to burn oil could mean that the pis­ton rings are worn, re­sult­ing in the ex­pen­sive prospect of a bot­tom end re­build.

4 not the same

The en­gine is sim­i­lar to the Austin 3-Litre’s but the valves, springs and sump are unique to the MG and the sa­loon’s plant has a lower com­pres­sion ra­tio. Not that find­ing an Austin donor car would be an easy task any­way…

a cou­ple nearly faint­ing at the prospect of hav­ing an mgc.

no-non­sense in­te­rior is ev­ery inch that of a mini gt car.

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