Lot 391 - 1960 MG A 1600 Coupé
|Engine Number||16GAU 10274|
|Odometer reading||49,800 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,440|
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 for MG. 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! It was a road-going version of the Phillips car which had been proposed to BMC in 1952 as a replacement for the TD Midget, but had been turned down because of the corporation's decision to build the Austin-Healey 100. MG had gone as far as building a full prototype of the MGA by using TD running gear, the 1250 XPAG engine, a re-designed chassis, and the MGA bodywork. When it eventually became clear that the TF Midget was a bit of a lame duck and would have to be replaced, the new MG sports car was finally given the chance it deserved. 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 very original 1960 MG A Coupé was purchased by the vendor in 1977 when the car had covered 42,562 miles from new. In 1984, after using the MG as a second car bringing it out at weekends and holidays, it was put into storage with 49,346 miles on the clock. He took the car out of storage in 2009 taking it to a classic car specialist in West Sussex for re-commissioning, service and converting to a single 12 volt battery. It was repainted in the original paintwork of chariot red and this MG still has its original interior of beige leather. This MG A Coupé is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2014, a 'buff' log book with shows the vendor is the forth owner of this car and a collection of MoT test certificates which verify the mileage on the odometer. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a low mileage example which with light restoration to the interior and the cosmetics under the bonnet would make a stunning MG A Coupé.
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