The MG Car Club MG C & V8 Register
Steve Foldhazy is The MG Car Club Sydney’s MG C & V8 Registrar.
Telephone: 9680 4648 (H)
The MG C
The MG C was produced between 1967 and 1969 with a total of 9002 being made.
The front end of the standard MGB body was modified to accommodate a 2912cc 6 cylinder engine. This engine was, at 295-320 Kg’s, nearly twice as heavy as the MGB engine of 165 Kg’s so the front end was redesigned as well. Early tests were less than enthusiastic due to the handling characteristics compared with the MGB but more modern tyres and tuning now produce a far better result.
Owners will tell you that it is a great touring car – comfortable and long legged and today they are fetching good prices because of their lower numbers compared with the MGB.
MG B GT V8
The GT V8 was introduced in 1973 and was fitted with an aluminium block 3528cc Rover V8 engine. The engine background was in Buick and Oldsmobile vehicles in the USA and was the lightest mass production V8 in the world at 144 Kg dry weight (Lighter than the 4 cylinder MGB engine). Producing a modest 102 Kw at 5000 rpm it helped the GTV8 to reach 60 mph in around 8 seconds with a top speed of around 200 kph.
No significant chassis changes were required as the GTV8 weighed some 18 Kg’s less than the standard GTB. Only GT versions were produced by the factory however there many V8 conversions of MGB roadsters developed by Costello.
Production ended in 1976 with 2,591 produced.