MGC Convertible, Rare AUTOMATIC, Left-hand Drive, LOW-Miles-Once-in-a-lifetime
Sale price: $10,250.00 make an offer
Last update: 04.02.2014
Sale type: Fixed price listing
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|Engine:||2912cc 6-cylinder twin-carburetor Austin-Healey|
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MGC Convertible, Rare AUTOMATIC, Left-hand Drive, LOW-Miles-Once-in-a-lifetime for sale
This car was auctioned on E-bay approximately 2 years ago. but the deal fell through with the seller- their loss could be your gain! It breaks our hearts to have to sell it. as it wouldn't take much to restore it to like-new. If I had another month. I'd strip it apart. take the body and frame to bare metal. shoot it with paint. and put it back together. But alas. we are moving to Alaska where we have no proper place to restore it or store it. and a car of this caliber deserves a proper garaged existence. and not the inherent harshness of Alaska.
This 40+ year old classic is only a TWO-OWNER vehicle; it has been my mother's for 40+ years. I am listing this vehicle on her behalf. It was purchased from the first owner. her sister-in-law. who took receipt of it from the dealership in Europe and brought it here to the States (I have mileage records of its travels through Europe and the first 3300 or so miles of it's life). It was parked in 1990 and only occasionally run/driven to shake the cobwebs out of it so to speak. until 1995. when the cooling system was drained and the engine was fogged for long term storage. The cells in the twin 6-volt batteries (the car is factory wired with two 6-volt batteries. wired in series. to present 12-volt negative-ground to the vehicle) were removed and set aside for storage. The cells have since dried out. and while we retain the original-style batteries. we have no way of starting the vehicle.
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Here's a rundown of its features and issues. EVERYTHING is ORIGINAL. unless otherwise noted. Please note. span > I am not a mechanic and have no formal mechanic training other than what I have learned in high school auto shop class (over a decade ago). numerous Chilton's and Hayne's repair manuals. the school of life. owning/restoring a classic Mustang. working on mine. my family and friends' vehicles and owning an inboard (Vortec Chevy 350's) powered twin-engined boat. My mechanical expertise. if any at all. lies with the late-60's Mustangs and small-block Ford engines. I perform my own tune-ups. change my own oil. replace my own brakes. and know my way around with my timing light and my compression gauge. but I in no way profess to be a mechanic or an expert on the MG. All of the photos here in this listing I have taken myself. and everything presented here is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. understanding of family history. and my own thorough and personal inspections of this vehicle.
Body/sheetmetal/paint: The paint is worn near to primer in several spots. The body is perfectly straight. and both the hood and two doors close firmly. tightly. and perfectly aligned. The door hinges are strong and perfect. with no sag. All adornments. badges. and chrome are where they belong and attached firmly. There are just a few of the tiniest surface rust specks here and there on the body. but I would call it 99. 9% rust free. When this vehicle was in daily use. it was washed and waxed every Sunday. Thereafter. it was always garaged.
Glass/seals/window trim/window chrome: The windshield is in perfect condition. no scrapes. scratches. dings. or chips. It's seals are perfect. complete. and tight. The driver's and passenger's door windows are perfect as well. and consist of the triangular wing windows. and the roll up/down main windows. Both pieces of glass are pristine. as are their respective seals. The wing windows open and close as they should. hold the position that you open them to firmly. and latch closed firmly and tightly. Both main windows roll up and down smoothly and have perfect seals as well. All of the aforementioned seals are pliable. crack free. adhered/installed perfectly and are in like-new condition. The window chrome is all there. beautiful and shiny.
The Top: The top is interesting. in that it appears that the frame and mechanicals are original. including the bar which connects the top to the top edge of the windscreen. However. the black vinyl of the top itself actually appears to be a new and aftermarket replacement. Either way. it was obviously professionally cut/shaped/installed. and fits perfectly when installed. nice and taught. It is PERFECT. with no imperfections. fading. cracking. etc. The three clear PVC windows that are part of it are generally clear. very shiny and haze-free. however. there are a few light scratches in the main rear window. probably from folding it down and stowing it. The latches and frame piece which connect the vinyl top to the front windshield fit perfectly. and actuate and latch firmly and properly. The car has never been driven before with this top in place.
Trunk/luggage rack: The trunk lid is in excellent shape. As is the interior of the trunk. with only minimal surface rust spot staining on the interior (see pics). The trunk includes a liner made of modern foam-backed automotive liner material.
Wheels/tires: The car is equipped with the ORIGINAL spoke wheels. including a fifth spoke wheel and full sized tire mounted in the trunk. As I understand it. the car was brought to the Seattle dealership several times per year to maintain/upkeep the trueness of the spoked wheels. The four mounted tires are practically new (still have the store's grease markings on them) and there is a set of two studded winter tires as well.
Dash/instrument panel: The actual dashboard/dashpanel is in perfect shape- no tears. pulls. splits. etc. The gauge cluster is complete and in good shape. however there is some slight rust scale inside a few of the dials. and the heat-range scale inside the temperature gauge seems to have split (see pic) but the dial pointer and mechanicals remains intact within the gauge. The speedometer is in MPH. and goes to 140 miles per hour! The choke knob (made of apparently a Bakelite-type material) has cracked (though we still have it) however the mechanism still works. All other gauges. levers. switches. knobs. buttons. toggles. etc. are intact and appear in working order. including the steering column controls and the original AM radio. The hood or “bonnet” release operates well. and springs quickly back into place when operated to release the hood/”bonnet”
Carpeting: The center/transmission-hump carpeting is worn. yet still black. it is in completely and more than passable condition for the casual observer. however it is something I personally would replace if I were doing a complete restoration. There is stock carpeting inside the rear quarters of the cockpit that fall into that category as well. but again. is entirely passable to the casual observer. The behind-the-seats package tray/battery shelf cover (made of padding-backed automotive carpeting) is all-new material. cut and formed by a professional upholsterer.
Flooring: The flooring is the original rubber matting. perfectly fitted. almost factory-new. with some very slight wear apparent at the wear-pad where the driver's feet would be. The rubber is soft. pliable. and free of cracks and dry-rot. Please see attached pictures. with the seats remove for reupholstering.
Upholstery/seating: As just mentioned. the seats were recently reupholstered in black leather (just as they came originally). The headrests were NOT reupholstered. as well. as the upholsterer forgot to do them when we had the main seats done! So they remain in the original black leather. They are not in terrible shape. but they are not perfect. either. The seats slide front-to-back as designed. and the adjustable seatback angle adjusts as designed as well. The seat folding levers work well and just as designed. too. The door liners are both almost perfect. a deep. rich black. Visors: Not much to say- the visors are original. in excellent shape with no tears or cuts. and the swing-arms and end clips are intact and hold the visors firmly in place.
Doorjams: A little research has shown me that doorjam rust is a big concern for MG owners. The doorjams are clean. paint-protected. rock-solid. and rust-free.
Battery shelf/trays: The battery trays are slightly rusty as is typical of all MG's. as they are exterior to the cabin. and exposed directly to the road beneath the vehicle. The rust all appears to be surface and superficial. and the battery-holding steel box-frames are in excellent solid condition and are mechanically sound and adhered to the body/frame as designed. Please see pics.
Rollbar: The rollbar is aftermarket. and non-stock. It does not interfere with the top. It is made of large. HEAVY-gauge round steel tubing stock and painted black. but it could use a new coat of your choice of flat or gloss black paint.
Engine: As mentioned before. this is the ORIGINAL never-rebuilt 6-cylinder Austin-Healey motor with ONLY 22. 78 original miles. The engine compartment is clean. if showing slight surface rust in places. especially the twin brake master cylinders. All the vacuum lines appear intact. flexible. and crack-free. The distributor cap is like new. and all the plug wires are in pliable and in excellent shape. Everything appears to be original and in its proper place. and is just as it was when the vehicle was last parked. Prior to the car being placed in storage. the engine was fogged. and the oil changed. Checking the dipstick. the oil looks brand new. translucent golden brown and shiny. the color and consistency of brand new oil.
As explained previously. the engine has not been run. but the rare automatic transmission manually shifts both up and down through all gears smoothly. and Neutral works. The transmission fluid appears new as well. translucent red and shiny. the color and consistency of brand new automatic transmission fluid. The parking brake is a little tough to actuate. but it appears to both apply and release just at it should.
The brake system holds pressure and appears to work well. Without being able to turn the engine on (thus the engine-supplied vacuum-assist supplied to put the “power” in the power brakes can't be tested) the brakes “pump up” and hold pressure. After pumping them up. and operating them. I waited 10 minutes and inspected the master brake cylinders (the MCG has two. one for the front brakes. and one for the rear) and all the associated brake lines from the master cylinders all the way to the brake calipers for leaks. and found none.
Extras included: The original-style batteries (they may indeed be the originals that came with it. but I have no way to verifiy. however they appear to at least be period-correct). the ORIGINAL operator's manual. one set of two studded snow tires (without rims). the original gray fabric spare tire cover. original trunk liner. the original collapsible tonneau cover support bracket and it's original black storage bag. the original fold-and-stow storage bag for the convertible top support frame. and an automotive jack that I am unsure of whether it may or may not be original equipment.
Good luck and good bidding!
Vehicle is available for inspection upon request- please send a message and we will do our very best to be accommodating. :-)
P. S. - please don't mind the mess in the picture backgrounds- as I said. we're moving. otherwise our garage would NEVER look like this. I will include more pictures shortly.
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