Back in the sixties, BMC decided they needed to replace the outdated Austin-Healey 3000. They wanted something more modern which would meet crash standards. They already had the MGB in production, so they had the bright idea of shoving an inline-six in it and calling it an Austin-Healey. Well, Donald didn’t take too kindly to resulting car, so they called it a MGC instead and started production. This 1968 MGC project is currently list here on eBay with bidding at $4,050 and only two days left.
Perhaps BMC should have consulted more with Donald before building this car. The idea was good, but it was poorly executed. To save costs they sourced the three liter six from another car in the Austin stable. The engine may have looked like that from the Big Healey, but it was heavy and anemic. The extra weight caused the little MG to feel front heavy and ruined the sporting image that the engineers had wanted so badly.
This particular MGC suffered a restoration attempt back in the seventies which was never completed so it has been sitting in pieces for many years. They resprayed the outside, but it looks terrible and needs redone now. Many of the parts were removed and thrown in boxes, so lets hope that not too many things were lost in the process. The engine does run, but all the systems are going to need attention before driving anywhere.
It is too bad that BMC did not make this car work. We love the idea of cross-country touring in an MGC GT and the Austin-Healey badge would have made that image even sweeter. These cars may have been flawed, but because of their rarity they are still considered collectable today. Sad thing is that they are rare because no one wanted them in the first place. Any C owners here who think otherwise?