Lot 310 - 1960 MG A Roadster

Lot 310 - 1960 MG A Roadster

Lot 310 - 1960 MG A Roadster

Lot Number 310
Registration 393 XUD
Chassis Number G/HN/86170
Engine Number 18080
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.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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