Lot 310 - 1955 MG A Mk. I 1500 Roadster
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,440|
Introduced in 1955, the MGA was a complete departure in styling from its predecessor, the MG TF. The new and beautiful streamlined body was right up to the minute in terms of appearance whilst a more modern B-series engine replaced the old XPAG unit that the management at MG decided had finally had its day. MG had gone as far as building a full prototype of the MGA by using TD running gear with the 1250 XPAG engine, a re-designed chassis and the MGA bodywork. When it eventually became clear that the TF 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 of the newer 1489cc, four-cylinder B-series engine and its transmission.
We are delighted to offer this lovely matching numbers MGA which is one of only 210 UK righthand drive examples produced during 1955; the car was registered later on 23 March 1956. The current owners, only selling now due to health issues, acquired the MG almost twenty years ago in October 1998 and the original September 1998 Autotrader advert resides within the history file. Remarkably, this MGA remains largely unrestored; most examples seen today have undergone restoration. It may be deduced from the second D annotation within the chassis number that a colour change took place some time in its early life; the D denoting Mineral Blue. Although the paintwork will not win prizes and the interior and engine bay are a little scruffy, this MG sits very well and appears very straight with excellent panel gaps. Little is known of this MG prior to 1978 but since then it has recorded four owners in total. MoT test exempt, this MG will arrive at the sale having undergone works to the brakes ensure their correct operation. The history file that accompanies the MG includes the UK V5C registration document, the afore mentioned advert, an MG Owner’s Club valuation letter (also confirming its matching numbers), three years of Tulip style tours navigation booklets and details of works carried out to maintain the running condition of this special MG.
We think you will agree that this MGA has a certain charm about it and, of particular interest is that this MG may qualify for the Mille Miglia. Early MGAs in this condition are few and far between, especially early UK examples. We wonder how long it will be before we see another; if ever.
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