MG MGC (1967 – 1969) Review

MG MGC (1967 – 1969) At A Glance

+Nice sounding six-cylinder, easy high speed cruising, lots of tuning potential.

-Heavy thirst

In an attempt to extend the appeal, and add more power to the MGB, Abingdon's engineers came up with the idea of fitting the straight-six C-series engine. Although the MGB was doing the business, and selling in its droves, tere was now a vacuum in the range since the demise of the big Austin Healey 3000s. A higher-powered MGB should have fit the bill perfectly.

The power and torque figures were more than adequate for this GT’s potential upmarket ambitions, but those looking for sporting handling would end up being disapppointed by the MGC. There wasn't anything particularly wrong with it - initial press cars understeered, but that was down to incorrectly pressured tyres - but it just fewlt ponderous after a 'B.

And as a consequence, it never captured the buying public's imagination. However, subsequent development by keen owners (and better tyres) have tamed much of these handling indelicacies and, with proper tuning, the C-series is capable of an easy 200bhp.

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What's the better classic car buy - an MGC or a Triumph TR6?

"I'm dithering between a 1969 MGC and a 1971 Triumph TR6. Both are in excellent condition and both a little over £20,000. Your views would be much appreciated."
Hankering after a six-cylinder British sports car? Good choice. Personally, we'd go for a TR6 - they handle better and look fantastic. The MGC falls foul of looking like an MGB with a swollen bonnet. It also wasn't quite up to the job of dealing with all that power and the heavier engine did compromise its on-road performance. That said, there are many modifications you can make (to both cars) to improve their handling and power, but we think the TR6 has the edge. Both have fantastic club support and enthusiastic owners. And whichever one you buy, you won't be disappointed. Ultimately, it will come down to which one you like best so - I'm afraid - there's nothing for it. You'll just have to go and drive both.
Answered by Keith Moody
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