|In remarkably original condition, the c.1929 MGC N3 coming up for sale at the Bonhams 'Grand Palais' auction Feb 6 2014|
|A pair of unsilenced exhaust pipes might have been original, but MCG's did come with silencers too.|
|Marcel Guiguet aboard an early N3 with dropped handlebars - Guiguet was a successful racer, and sought lightness and good handling in his designs|
|The post-1930 version of the MGC frame, slightly more streamlined and less egg-like in the fuel tank casting, as used in the MCG N3BR racer|
|The JAP 'Sports' engine was the one of the most powerful engines a small manufacturer could purchase|
The English magazine Motor Cycling had its own take on the MGC (July 27, 1929): "A curious machine has just been put on the market...The frame, engine cradle, carrier and even the petrol tank on this machine are made in tough aluminum alloy known as Alpax [made by Lightalloys of London]... lighter than aluminum [yet is] enormously stronger, whether in tension or compression. There are two main members to the frame. The top member includes the petrol reservoir in one casting and the tank suggests a rather over-sized ostrich egg, which someone has plated and polished. On top of the tank is a particularly neat instrument-board, whilst the gear-change quadrant is mounted on the side of the casting. The bottom member of the frame, as may be seen from our photograph,constitutes a very robust cradle for the engine, the latter being either a 350cc or 500cc JAP [which also contains the oil tank].
|While the rear wheel strut is painted, it, too, is made of machined aluminum|
|Joseph Henri Guiguet, Ace fighter pilot with 'Les Cigognes', squadron N3, during WW1, flying this SPAD S.XIII, built in the Blériot factory.|
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