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MGA: Buying guide and review (1955-1962)

MGA: Buying guide and review (1955-1962) Classic and Performance Car
MGA Twin Cam roadster MGA Twin Cam roadster rear MGA Twin Cam roadster interior MGA Twin Cam engine
MG has made some cracking cars since it set up in business in 1924. Arguably the best-looking of them all is the MGA, which ushered in a new era for the Abingdon-based company when it replaced the ancient T-Series in 1955. Sleek and beautiful, the MGA isn’t the fastest sportscar around, but it is superb to drive thanks to its agility, lively performance, sweet gearchange and light steering.
 
To look at the MGA, you'd never guess that under the relatively modern and sleek exterior sits many of the same mechanical parts as the TF, including the 1489cc B-Series engine and four-speed gearbox along with drum brakes all round. It's this technical simplicity that really makes the TF a joy to own. 
 
Now the MGA has been out of production for many decades, it’s well served by clubs and specialists that make the owning process that much easier. With a lively social scene and ready parts availability, whether you’re buying your first classic car or adding to a collection, the MGA makes a huge amount of sense. 
 
It's amazing just how good the parts availability is, with many companies out there specialising in reproducing many of the interior trim items and mechanical parts that wear out over the years, making restoration generally very easy.
 
Which one to buy?
 
There are more choices to make than you might think, as there were 1500, 1600 and Twin-Cam engines along with roadster and coupe bodystyles. Open-topped MGAs are worth a lot more than their closed counterparts, but there’s little difference in values between the 1.5 and 1.6-litre editions. The Twin-Cam fetches a lot more, but they’re also far rarer and running costs are much higher too, particularly if you need to undertake an engine rebuild.
 
Because roadsters are worth more than coupes, they tend to be the subject of the best restorations – which is why finding a truly superb coupe can be a thankless task. It doesn’t help that restoring a closed car also costs significantly more than reviving an open one.
 
Just 6,000 MGAs were sold new in the UK, of the 101,082 cars built – more than 80,000 went to the US. A lot of left-hand drive MGAs have now been converted to right-hand drive and these cars can be worth less than genuine UK models. However, the conversion is straightforward and there’s no need to mess with the bodywork (a new dashboard, steering rack and pedal set is all that’s needed), so problems are unlikely.
 
Finding an original unmolested car might be a bit more of a problem though, as the vast majority of MGAs have undergone some modifications, replacement mechanical components such non-matching engines or upgrades. This isn't a problem if you're looking for a car to enjoy, but as a collectors' item, finding a completely original and matching numbers MGA is often a difficult task. 
 
If you’re buying a project tread very carefully. These cars are more complicated than you might think, especially the bodywork,  and restoration on an amateur basis can lead to disaster – but buy a good MGA and you’ll never look back.
 
Performance and specs 
 
MGA 1600 MkII
Engine 1622cc, four-cylinder
Power 90bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 97lb ft @ 4000rpm
Top speed 102mph
0-60mph 15.5sec
Fuel consumption 22mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2388mm
Length 3962mm
Width 1473
Height 1270
Kerb weight 927kg
 
Common problems
 
• If buying an ex-California car that was imported years ago, don’t assume it’s still rust-free, as many such cars are now rotten. Start by checking the sills and A-posts which are tricky to repair. The wings rot too and while replacements are available they’re tricky to fit. Also check the door bottoms and boot floor.
 
• The door, bonnet and boot lid are aluminium over a steel frame. The latter two feature a wooden stiffener which rots while electrolytic corrosion is a problem too.
 
• Accident damage isn’t rare, so check the panel gaps, the panels for rippling and the chassis too. A sharp knock will distort the chassis beyond repair, so analyse the front and rear chassis legs for distortion.
 
• The B-series engine is easily rebuilt and durable if maintained; used replacements are easily sourced too, if not necessarily from another MGA. Look for blue exhaust smoke signifying wear and expect oil pressure of 50-60psi at 3000rpm.
 
• Cylinder heads can crack, leading to coolant loss and overheating, so check for signs of a blown head gasket.
 
• Oil leaks because the scroll oil thrower on the back of the crankshaft wears, as does the block that it acts upon. Once worn a new block and crank could be needed, but an oil seal conversion is an option.
 
• The twin-cam engine is fragile and very expensive to rebuild; everything is unique to this powerplant. Amateur rebuilds can create all sorts of problems, so see who has done any maintenance.
 
• Because the gearbox is weak, most have been overhauled already, often with used parts which leads to premature failure. Check second gear synchro for baulking and listen for chattering in first and reverse.
 
• Diff casings get damaged when the hub nuts are left loose. They need an eight-sided 1 61/64” socket which is unusual – but available. Loose nuts lead to the bearing spinning against the axle casing, damaging both, so look for signs of the diff leaking oil onto the brakes.
 
• The trunnions need greasing annually, but they’re often overlooked, which leads to kingpin wear and MoT failure. Also look for leaking lever arm dampers – another MoT failure point.
 
• Cheap rear springs are common; they provide the wrong ride height, destroying the ride and handling. Sometimes 10-inch springs are fitted up front, in place of the correct 9-inch items. These spoil the handling too.
 
• The steel wheels can crack around the mounting holes, while wire wheels can suffer from worn splines and rusty spokes. Some owners fit 72-spoke wheels, when the narrower 60-spoke items look more authentic.
 
Model history
 
1955: MGA 1500 roadster goes on sale.
1956: MGA coupe arrives.
1958: Twin-cam debuts, in roadster or coupe forms.
1959: MGA 1600 MkI replaces the 1500 edition, in roadster and coupe forms.
1960: The 1600 De Luxe appears, while the twin-cam is killed off. The De Luxe uses the Twin Cam’s chassis, with disc brakes all round; this is now the most sought after A after the Twin Cam.
1961: The 1600 MkII arrives, offered as a roadster or coupe in standard or De Luxe specifications.
1962: The final MGA is built.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.mgcars.org.uk
• www.mgownersclub.co.uk
• www.moss-europe.co.uk
• www.scparts.co.uk
• www.mgocspares.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
For what is actually quite a desirable and iconic British sports car, the MGA is actually still relatively affordable. While projects are a bit of a risky proposition, £3000-£4000 is enough to find a coupe, while roadsters tend to cost about £6000-£7000. While some prefer the coupe's looks (and stiffer body) there is a tough decision to make, as a roadster is much cheaper to restore than a coupe, and will be worth more when it's done, making quality coupe restorations harder to justify. 
 
Cars that perhaps require a little bit of fettling, but not quite a full restoration, then budged upwards of £8000 for a coupe and £12,500 for a roadster. You should obviously use caution while looking at cheaper cars, especially coupes, as could end up needing a full restoration anyway due to poor quality work.
 
Increase your budget to £20,000 and you are looking at good condition roadsters, or the very best coupe models. For a  top condition roadster, then be prepared to shell out more than £27,000. 
 
If it’s a Twin Cam that you fancy, open cars top out somewhere around the £32,000 mark, with closed models still worth around 25 per cent less. Average examples are £13,000-£22,000 for a drophead or £10,000-£17,000 for a fixed-head. 
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Last updated: 5th Apr 2016
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  • MG MGA Cabriolet 1957

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT MG A 1957 cabriolet British Racing Green, restored 5 speed gearbox A beautiful 1957 MGA convertible in the original colour British Racing Green with chrome wire wheels. The car is restored and has a very chic combination of colour, beautiful chrome and interior. The interior has beautiful beige leather with green piping. The dashboard has ton-sur-ton paint with a beige leather decorative frame. Technics are upgraded with a revised 1798 CC, 96 HP engine and the car has a revised 5 speed manual gearbox. So a very beautiful MGA. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1957
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  • MG MGA Cabriolet 1956

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT MGA 1956 Old English White revised and upgraded with 1800 CC engine In 1955 MG presented the MGA at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The design was different from the earlier MG models. The MGA was built from 1955 till 1962. This is a 1956 MGA in the colour Old English White. The black leather interior is in very good condition also. The car has a 1798 CC, 4 cyl, 95 HP engine. The motor is completely revised and in very good condition. The car has a manual gearbox. The MGA is an interesting investment. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1956
    For sale
  • MGA 1600 MKII De Luxe 1962

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT MGA 1600 MKII De Luxe 1962 fully restored Only 313 examples of the unique MGA 1600 MK2 De Luxe were delivered. The De Luxe Version was built on the chassis of the Twin Cam. This MGA was built in 1962 and fully in detail restored. The MGA was delivered in the original colour combination Alamo Beige with grey soft top, new chromeparts and the original Twin Cam wheels. The MGA De Luxe is provided with disc brakes all around and drives great. The interior has burgundy red leather and extra comfortable seats. Even the dashboard is provided with leather and this is a great combination with the chrome clocks. This unique and rare MGA De Luxe drives perfect and is a real collector’s item. Car has European title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1962
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  • MGA 1600 MK2 Roadster 1962

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    MGA 1600 MK2 Roadster 1962 Midnight Blue, restored This is a marvellous 1962 MGA 1600 Roadster. The car was delivered with beautiful Midnight Blue paint and new chrome wire wheels. The soft top has beautiful dark blue Sonnenland upholstery. The MG is easy to handle thanks to the recently fully revised gearbox and drives really great. The interior has a dashboard painted in the colour of the car with chrome clocks. The seats have black leather and offer a lot of comfort. This perfect driving MGA Roadster is ready for a lot of sunny rides. Car has German title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1960
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  • MG MGA Coupe 1958

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT MGA coupe 1958 chrome wire wheels in very good condition The MGA was built from 1955 till 1962 in different versions such as a coupe, very rare nowadays because the parts of the MGA coupe were used for the MGA cabriolet. This is a 1958 MGA coupe and has the original 1795 CC, 4 cyl, 96 HP MG engine. Optical and technical in very good condition. The beautiful red paint is a great combination with the wood- and chromeparts. This beautiful MGA coupe is ready for lots of driving fun. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1958
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  • MG A 1,5 Roadster

    €27,100(£24,761.27) €27,100(£24,761.27)

    MG A 1,5 Roadster Equipment: Total restaureret flot farve kombination skal ses ring for info

    • Year: 1957
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  • MGA Twin-Cam Roadster

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    Presented with less than 6,500 Miles from new and accompanied by its original Vanden Plas aluminium roof, original side curtains and a superb file with historical data and images, this car represents a unique opportunity to purchase a significant historic race car with an unrepeatable patina and unbroken provenance. Most recently, it has been UK road registered and reunited with the original period registration of UMO93.

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  • MG MGA 1961

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- MGA 1600 cabriolet Old English White in topcondition 1961 MGA cabriolet in topcondition. The car is fully restored. Paint is Old English White with burgundy red interior. This English roadster has a 1588 cc 80 hp engine. The car has leather interior, chrome wire wheels, wooden steering wheel, wooden dashboard and a beautiful mohair softtop. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1961
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  • MG A

    £29,995 £29,995

    We are very pleased to offer this absolutely stunning MGA Coupe for sale Blessed with one of the most shapely silhouettes of any car ever produced, the MGA was a radical departure for MG, leaving behind the traditional ash-framed bodywork of its predecessor, the immortal ‘T-Series’. Although retaining a traditional chassis, the separate body also served as a rigid structure, its triangulated bulkhead design ensuring that it didn’t suffer from the dreaded scuttle-shake that can even be found on convertibles produced to this day. The precise rack-and-pinion steering and its lively B-series engine gave a top speed just shy of the magic ton and they sold like hot-cakes. Over 95% were exported, most bound for the US where they found willing buyers looking for something more sophisticated than their softly-sprung home-grown sports cars. This pristine RHD Coupe was one of the few that remained for the home market. Completed on 29th September 1961, it was despatched from the works on 4th October and first registered on 20th October to its first owner who kept the car until his death in around 2013. The second owner, purchased the Coupe as a retirement project through Panorama Bay in July 2014 and set to work. He totally dismantled the vehicle and commenced a ground-up renovation of the car. The results speak for themselves and its professionally applied top coat of the original Chariot Red positively gleams. Many new parts were used throughout, all fully detailed in bills and photographs on file. A lovely wood rim steering wheel has also been fitted although the original is also included if preferred. The Heritage Certificate confirms that this car is completely correct This beautifully presented car is as clean and well prepared underneath as it is on top and close inspection is highly recommended. Must be viewed to be appreciated Export enquiries welcome Explore your purchasing power through flexible payment plans designed specifically for this sector.

    • Year: 1961
    • Mileage: 68500 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • MG A 1,5 Roadster

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    MG A 1,5 Roadster Equipment: Total restaureret Kan ikke beskrives Skal opleves den bedst på markedet ring for info

    • Year: 1956
    For sale
  • MG A 1500 Roadster Red '60

    €37,950(£34,674.92) €37,950(£34,674.92)

    The MGA is a sports car produced by MG division of the British Motor Corporation from 1955 to 1962. The MGA replaced the older T-type cars and represented a complete styling break from the older vehicles. The car was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show of 1955. It was replaced by the MGB when production ceased in July 1962. Through that time, BMC sold 101,081 units, the vast majority of which were exported with only 5869 cars sold on the home market, the highest export percentage of any British car. The design dates back to 1952 when MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined body for George Philips' TD Le Mans car. The problem with this car was the high seating position of the driver because of the limitations of using the TD chassis. A new chassis was designed with the side members further apart and the floor attached to the bottom rather than the top of the frame sections. A prototype was built and shown to the BMC chairman Leonard Lord. Lord turned down the idea of producing the new car as he had just signed a deal with Donald Healey to produce Austin-Healey cars two weeks before. Falling sales of the traditional MG models caused a change of mind and the car, init

    • Year: 1960
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  • MG A 1500 Roadster Red '57

    €36,950(£33,761.22) €36,950(£33,761.22)

    >>>>> Oldtimerfarm is going to renovate! Due to renovations we are currently publishing less pictures per car on our website. For more pictures or more information please contact Xavier via phone: 0472/401338 or via e-mail: sales@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: Pictures of the car:

    • Year: 1957
    • Mileage: 65253 mi
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  • 1962 MG A Mark II Deluxe Coupe

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    This “Deluxe” model has the distinction of being one of the rarest MG’s, and one of the prettiest sports cars ever made. Blessed with delicate, flowing lines, the MGA's endearing form is the reason behind its magnetic appeal. We purchased it from its 2nd owner, who had only owned it from late 2013 until now. The original owner passed away, but had used it for his daily transportation where he lived. The 2nd owner did not drive it very much as he was too big for this car, and thus it was passed along to our care. It displays nice patina, and is in its original color combination of Chariot Red over Black. It would benefit from a cosmetic restoration, but it still shows well today. It comes complete with its: original Drivers Handbooks, BMC Maintenance Covenant, Accessories book, several MG magazines, the original Bill of Sale, a file of receipts, its tools, and a jack. You are welcome to buy the car “as is”, or commission Classic Showcase to restore it for you in any color combination you wish, and with which ever amenities your desire.

    • Year: 1962
    • Mileage: 55434 mi
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  • 1957 MGA 1500 Roadster

    £29,995 £29,995

    This outstanding MGA 1500 Roadster was exported from the Abingdon factory to South Africa in 1957 and is an original RHD example. In 1993 the MGA was subject of a body off rebuild to show standard condition and then placed on exhibition in a Port Elizabeth motor museum for many years. In 2000 the MGA sold to a West Sussex Country Hotel owner who purchased the car whilst on holiday in South Africa. The car spent twelve years with its first UK owner and since 2012 has been owned by one of our regular customers in Scotland. Since rebuild the MGA has only covered 2500 miles and has arrived with us in exceptional condition. We have photographs and documentation confirming the MGA was stripped down to the bare chassis and rebuilt from the ground up. The body was sandblasted, fitted with various new body panels and floor panels replaced. The body was re-aligned, gaps set and prepared for a full re-paint in Orient Red. All chrome work was replaced, the dashboard re-furbished, new lights and windscreen glass fitted and the upholstery beautifully re-trimmed in leather. The MGA was fitted with full weather equipment to include tonneau cover and wheels were re-furbished and tyres replaced. The

    • Year: 1957
    • Mileage: 2500 mi
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  • 1958 MG-Projects MG A Coupe

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    (SOLD) Classic Showcase is scheduling the restoration to be of a Show/Driver level, however, depending on the date of purchase, we may be able to accommodate your build sheet and wish list to create the MGA of your dreams! This is a solid car that is showing surface rust in the photos, but there is no hole rust in the car. It had been sitting for 25 years and is 99% complete, and is not running. Included in the restoration process the vehicle will be stripped to bare metal, placed on a rotisserie, metal finished, leaded, all body parts fitted to the car and chrome, prepared for primer, sealer, paint, base, clear, color sanded and buffed to a fabulous finish. All systems will be gone through and the engine will be rebuilt back to factory specifications. The fuel, electrical, cooling, and hydraulic systems will be restored. All components will be rebuilt back to factory specifications, including the engine, transmission, rear end and suspension. All chrome will be re-plated as needed. The car will receive a complete new custom tailored and fit interior in the correct materials by our upholstery department. A DVD of the restoration process will accompany the vehicle. Upon completion o

    • Year: 1958
    • Mileage: 99063 mi
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  • 1960 MG A Coupe

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    (SOLD) This 1960 MG A 1600 Coupe has had a recent esthetic restoration, full mechanical service, major tune up, and full vehicle detail inside and out. New interior, new windshield, recent engine compartment restoration, new brake system, new front suspension bushings, new lower control arm mounts, new pinion seal in the rear end, and a new cable on the emergency brake. Runs and drives very well.

    • Year: 1960
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  • 1958 MG A Roadster

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    (SOLD) The car was shown extensively when first restored and still presents in very good condition and can be shown and driven with pride and quite possibly take home some awards. This MGA is a wonderful collectible vintage sports car. This MGA Roadster was restored from the ground up and has been in a climate controlled storage since the restoration. The car was shown extensively when first restored and still presents in very good condition and can be shown and driven with pride and quite possibly take home some awards. This MGA is a wonderful collectible vintage sports car. Recent full service and detail have been performed. The car has been fitted with a black convertible top with beautiful wire wheels.

    • Year: 1958
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  • 1956 MG A Roadster

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    (SOLD) It was a body-on-frame design and used the straight-4 “B series” engine from the MG Magnette saloon driving the rear wheels through a 4 speed gearbox. Suspension was independent with coil springs and wishbones at the front and a rigid axle with semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Steering was by rack and pinion and was not power assisted. The car was available with either wire spoked or steel disc road wheels. This MGA is an older restoration that is still in very good condition. It runs and drives very well and was a sport car produced by MG division of the British Motor Corporation from 1955 to 1962. This classic has been upgraded to a Weber carburetor for better performance. This very well maintained and serviced driver level MGA is a collectable model with aluminum doors. This MGA is a very stylish and collectable classic to drive and show.

    • Year: 1956
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  • 1959 MG MGA Roadster

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    (SOLD) This MGA Roadster was a very solid and original car when we purchased the car from its 30+ year owner. It has been sitting for several years in a project condition in a Southern CA garage so we decided it deserved to be taken back to its former showroom glory. It was a great candidate for restoration as it was rust free and straight as an arrow. The car also has removable windows on the doors that were restored, ore replaced, and will accompany the car. These removable windows came standard in this model. Included in the show/driver level restoration process, the vehicle was stripped to bare metal, metal finished, leaded, all body parts fitted to the car and chrome, prepared for primer, sealer, paint, base, clear, color sanded and buffed to a fabulous finish. All parts were painted off the car individually. All systems were gone through and the engine was rebuilt back to factory specifications. The fuel, electrical, cooling, and hydraulic systems were all restored, or replaced as needed. All components were rebuilt back to factory specification including the engine, transmission, rear end and suspension. All britework was re-plated as needed. The MGA received a complete new

    • Year: 1959
    • Mileage: 25332 mi
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  • 1959 MG MGA Twin-Cam Roadster

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    It's not everyday that you find a rare and unmolested MGA Twin Cam that is one of only 2,111 examples ever produced, but Classic Showcase has found such an example and is pleased to offer it here! This sought-after model that has benefited from very limited ownership, and an extensive, highly detailed restoration by it's previous owner. The car was fully stripped, both the engine and body were removed from the chassis in order to undertake a full restoration, which utilized correct parts - many of which were sourced directly from the U.K. Great care was taken by MG restorers to achieve a flawless restoration, and the results speak from themselves. Following its exhaustive restoration, the roadster took part in many MG club events, where it always received attention and numerous awards and accolades. The Twin Cam comes documented with an article that chronicles its restoration (along with photos of the work done), a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, and its original driver’s handbook, operation manual, luggage rack, carpeted trunk, and jack. If you have been looking for an exceptional Twin Cam example, this particular 1959 model is an excellent choice to add to your

    • Year: 1959
    • Mileage: 4652 mi
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  • 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster

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    • One of 2,111 Twin-Cam examples produced • Recent restoration by specialist James Alcorn • Collector-owned; limited mileage & proper storage • Striking original color combination • Complete with Books, Tools, Tonneau, and BMHT COA According to its accompanying British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate, this 1959 MGA Twin-Cam Roadster is an original left-hand-drive export model completed during late October 1958, and titled as a 1959 car. Factory equipment included Dunlop center-lock disc wheels; Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes; a heater; and black tonneau cover, with the MGA finished in Orient Red with black upholstery, the colors it displays today. In 2012, this rare MG was given a complete restoration by Twin-Cam specialist Jim Alcorn’s Auto Vintagery of La Jolla, California. Less than 500 miles have been traveled since completion of the work, and the Twin-Cam has enjoyed fastidious care and proper storage. Complete with books, tools, and a tonneau cover, this rare and charismatic MGA Twin-Cam is a versatile British sports car that can be enjoyed on the show lawn and the open road.

    • Year: 1959
    • Mileage: 500 mi
    For sale
  • MG A

    £37,995 £37,995

    *SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. An original UK supplied MGA 1500 Roadster with exceptional provenance EQUIPMENT Safety glass windshield, tonneau cover, black hood, sidescreens with signalling flap, door stowage pockets, spring spoke steering wheel, speedometer, revolution indicator, oil pressure gauge, rheostat panel light switch, map reading light, dash controlled starter switch, foot operated dipping switch, Britax seatbelts. Dealer fit: Twin fuel pumps, 12v power socket, battery isolator switch, aluminium spark plug holder, electric radiator fan. EXTERIOR Very rarely is such a genuine home market MGA offered for sale and this Orient Red stunning car is exceptional in both condition and historical provenance. The deep gloss shine reveals the pampered existence with Concours D’Elegance awards noted from as early as 1959! Scrutineers will marvel at the wheel arches in body colour, original number plates and the black folding waterproof hood still with factory side screens adopting the signalling flap along the lower edge. The chrome radiator grille with vertical slats unique to the 1500 model and bumpers have a mirror finish thanks to be rechromed by Derby plating. The flowing aerodynamic lines are absolutely gorgeous and a genuine Vanden Plas aluminium hardtop, of which only 1450 units were made by the BMC subsidiary with the correct aluminium sidescreens, is available by separate negotiation. INTERIOR A beautifully appointed interior has all the qualities of a traditional sports tourer with bucket seats still finished in the factory real Red leather. The previous owner being immensely fastidious would carry premium leather feed in the car at all times to retain the natural look missing in off-the-shelf new items. Karvel carpets with correct binding and oddities like the central dashboard-mounted horn button will please purists but for convenience a hidden 12v power outlet has been fitted, a battery isolator and an auxiliary fusebox to protect unfused circuits. All Jaeger gauges, switches and warning lamps function and this example feels factory correct in every respect. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Lifting the bonnet will reveal a spotless engine bay and a level of detail unrivalled by most. The original 1500 British Motor Corporation B series Engine has been rebuilt by Bob West and the unleaded cylinder head by Peter Burgess so performs faultlessly. A documented and meticulous periodic servicing regime will assure perfection seeking buyers. A maximum speed of 95mph is quoted by the 68bhp power unit. A recognised 5-speed conversion has been carried out by Hi-Gear Engineering to allow comfortable cruising. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Correct factory standard steel disc-type wheels are pristine and shod in matching radial Firestone 165 R15 tyres with ample tread including the spare. The Lockhead fully compensated drum brakes to all four wheels have been completely overhauled including new copper and nickel pipes and perform faultlessly. HISTORY FILE Truly phenomenal and second to none. One of only 1,859 Home Market UK 1500 Roadsters produced this example has had a total of just five owners in 59 years and covered 77,229 miles. First registered on the 23rd April 1957 to Mr Francis Ware who sold the vehicle after one year to Kenneth George Roe, custodian for the next 23 years. As a well know figure in MG circles and having previously owned a TA and a TF he just had to have the new aerodynamic MGA and competed in various sprints and hill climbs. Although it was not primarily used as a concours car Mr Roe entered it various events all documented in the history file and noteworthy mentions are a second in class in the BARC Eastbourne Motor Rally Concours in 1959, ’Best Modern MG’ awards at the Brenwood Concours in the 1960’s and a pile of ‘First in Class’ awards at M.G.C.C Silverstone in the late 1960’s. There are a number of photos of the car in the late 50’s and early 60’s, one with the last ever Twin-Cam built and owned by Mike Ellman-Brown, a good friend of Mr Roe at the time. Letters between owners make fascinating reading and the current custodian of 18 years, Mr Parmenter, has chronically and fastidiously noted all works carried out in recognition of the unique provenance this vehicle processes and written helpful notes for the new owner. Also featured in the book by F.Wilson McComb in the History of the MG and Malcolm Green, the well-known MG historian and motoring journalist wrote an article about the car in the December 1999 MG Enthusiast magazine, all included. The car comes with a full set of manuals including the first edition operation manual and original hardback workshop manual in perfect condition. A very rare opportunity and special car. MOT June 2017, Tax Exempt and HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/0F3mt2dRD5A To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://www.flickr.com/gp/kgfclassiccars/98r5i8 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: http://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars http://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1957
    • Mileage: 77229 mi
    • Engine size: 1.5
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