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This beautifully rebuilt MGC Roadster was built between the 29th June and 3rd July 1968, leaving the factory in Tartan Red with Black upholstery, wire wheels, overdrive and heater, just as it is today. OTB 278G was supplied new by Joseph Cockshoot & Co Limited, a Manchester based Company who were founded in 1844 when Joseph Cockshoot left the family Hackney Carriage business and set up his own coachbuilding Company. The Company was hugely successful with a reputation for high quality craftsmanship and elegant design. The company won numerous awards and exhibited at major events such as the Jubilee Exhibition in Manchester in 1887 and in Paris Exhibition of 1878 when the company won a Premier Gold Medal. The turn of the century witnessed the emergence of the motor car and Cockshoots were involved from the start. In 1902 Cockshoots opened a garage in Deansgate, which was among the first in the county, and the next year the firm produced its first motor car body. The Second World War prompted Cockshoot to get involved in aircraft production again, although far more successfully than during the Great War. The company built major and minor components for aircraft including the 'Manchester', 'Lancaster' and 'Halifax' bomber aircraft. After the war, Cockshoots developed into one of the largest Morris distributors in Britain and remained a Rolls Royce retailer and in 1968 the Company was sold for £1 million to Lex Garages Ltd. Cockshoot & Company Ltd have their place in British Transport History and OTB 278G may well have been one of the last cars they ever supplied.
We last sold this MGC back in 2008 and the car has been with its most recent owner since 2011. Since 2011 the MG has been taken to a marque specialist where it has been subject of a major, comprehensive restoration. Back in 2008, we were told the car was a low ownership, largely original car with a mileage of around 80,000, believed to be genuine. Since then the MGC has covered 7000 miles, and between 2000-3000 miles have been completed since rebuild. The body was totally stripped down and rebuilt, the car treated to a top class paint finish, brand new chrome wire wheels and new chrome trims were fitted. The interior was treated to a top quality re-trim with stunning leather, high quality carpets and wood dashboard and a brand new hood and hood cover fitted. The engine and gearbox were removed, and the car mechanically rebuilt as necessary with work carried out to the brakes, suspension and steering system. The result of the restoration is a beautifully presented car that can be driven regularly, used for long distance touring or exhibited with pride at shows and events.
The MG drives incredibly well with a superb, strong engine with super smooth four speed gearbox with overdrive. OTB 278G was driven faultessley to us from the East Riding of Yorkshire and is ready to go. This C boasts excellent handling, braking with impressive performance and power. The car is an absoloute delight to drive and with the strong three litre engine and overdrive option, it really is ideal for long distance use or Continental touring. The car is stunning with superbly straight body panels, first class floors, sills, castle rails and jacking points, a deep, high quality paint finsih, gleaming chrome work, a high quality, luxury upholstery with perfect hood and a carpeted boot and detailed engine bay. This is a great opportunity to purchase a first class, UK supplied MGC that has been carefully restored at great expense.