Lot 189 - 1959 MG A Roadster (1600cc)
|Odometer reading||47 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £27,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,360|
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. The 'A' was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. Only 5,869 cars were sold on the home market, giving the MGA the highest export percentage of any British car and was replaced by the MGB in May 1962.
This stunning Iris blue with black leather interior MGA could well be described as one of the very best we have come across. Having been meticulously restored since its repatriation in 2011, the history file details a timeline that has taken this roadster from below par to show condition over a five year period. Sourced from a Mr. Lopez in Tucson, Arizona, importantly a dry state example, the vendor imported the MGA with the sole intention for a ground up restoration. Key to the process for the vendor was to keep to the originality and thus sourced at great difficulty the correct parts where possible and, where not, commissioned the best craftsmen he could find. The full restoration cost £31,800 excluding the cost of the car originally and every receipt can be found in the history file which also boasts a Heritage Certificate, original certificate of title and an MoT test certificate valid until November 2017.
Once finished, the vendor also wanted to ensure the engine was running as well as it should and thus sourced an old friend who specialises in tuning classic vehicles at Bensham Engineering, they have set up the engine producing 90bhp at 5000rpm, remarkably the exact figures that MG stated for the MGA 1600 when new. A superb example converted to run on unleaded and in beautiful condition throughout, viewing is highly recommended.
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