Lot 248 - 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster

Lot 248 - 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster

Lot 248 - 1959 MG A Twin-Cam Roadster

Lot Number 248
Registration XLW 196
Chassis Number YD1/2456
Engine Number 2152
Odometer reading 48,121 miles
Estimate £26,000 - £32,000
Result Sold - £29,120

When the MGA arrived in 1955, it must have come as quite a shock to MG aficionados who had become accustomed to the pre-war look of the company's sports cars. It was a complete departure in styling and its beautiful streamlined body was right up to the minute in terms of appearance. It was powered by a new engine; MG had decided that the old XPAG unit had had its day and so introduced a much more modern B-series engine that had made its debut in the recently announced Magnette saloon.  A high-performance Twin-Cam model was added for 1958, propelled by a high-compression DOHC aluminium cylinder head version of the B-Series engine and producing 108hp. Four-wheel disc brakes by Dunlop were also fitted along with Dunlop peg drive knock-off steel wheels, similar to wheels used on racing Jaguars and unique to the highly desirable Twin-Cam model. Aside from the wheels, the only outside identifier was a 'Twin-Cam' logo near the vent aside the bonnet.

Originally a righthand drive, UK-market model, this Twin Cam roadster was purchased from the CCHL dealership in the UK in 2010 and converted to lefthand drive in 2012/2013 at which time the engine was rebuilt and the interior refurbished. The engine rebuild included a re-bore; new low-compression pistons (for enhanced reliability), crankshaft re-grind and balance (together with the flywheel), all new bearings, cylinder head overhaul with new valves, fitting twin Weber carburettors and finally, an appropriate manifold. Prior to its 2010 sale to the previous owner in Finland, the MG, registered 'XLW 796', had been owned since 1975 by Richard Oliver of Tunbridge Wells. Described as in generally good condition, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, full weather equipment, a stainless steel exhaust, a 12 month MoT test certificate and fresh UK registration documents.

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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