Lot 310 - 1960 MG A Roadster
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,360|
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 which 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.
Part of a private collection, this striking looking roadster has recently undergone a process of light renovation. This included work to the interior, electrical and mechanical elements of the car to provide a motoring experience that is not only exciting but also reliable. In past years, it has been re-painted its current colour and also benefits from a re-trim in tan leather with contrasting blue piping. The 1600 engine runs well and she sits purposefully on chrome wire wheels. Supplied with a full one year MoT test certificate, this attractive and well-priced example should supply lots of fun over the forthcoming summer months.
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