MGC BUYING TIPS
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.