Lot 234 - 1960 MG A Roadster
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,000|
When the MGA arrived in 1955, it must have come as quite a shock to MG aficionados who had become used to the pre-war look of the company's sports cars. The MGA was a complete departure in styling. Its beautiful streamlined body was right up to the minute in terms of appearance and it was powered by a new engine as MG had decided that the old XPAG unit had had its day. The MGA was powered by the much more modern B-Series engine that had made its debut in the recently announced Magnette saloon. MG enthusiasts had been given a hint of what was to come as early as 1951 when George Phillips drove a re-bodied TD Midget in the Le-Mans 24 hour endurance race. The car had been built for him by MG following his successes with his own TC which had been fitted with a lightweight two-seat race car style body. So different was the appearance of his new TD racer, that it must have been difficult to believe that it was actually a venerable TD Midget underneath! The delay in production had one advantage in that it allowed MG to refine the design and install the much newer 1489cc, four cylinder B-Series engine and its transmission from the Magnette saloon.
This MGA roadster has recently been the subject of a nut and bolt restoration, the quality of which is hard to match. From the uniform panel gaps to the effortless closing of the doors, this is one of the finest restorations on an MGA we have seen for a sometime. With spring not too far away, what better way to enjoy the fine weather to come than in this stunning MGA roadster. Finished in red with black leather trim, unquestionably one of the most attractive MGA's available today.
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