Lot 175 - 1958 MG A Coupé
|Odometer reading||320 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,880|
- Nut and bolt detail perfect restoration
- Rare original colour
- Matching numbers car
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 wonderful UK supplied right hand drive MGA Coupé has just completed a full nut and bolt, bare metal exacting restoration. Presented in its original and rare Mineral Blue it would be hard to find a better example anywhere. Such was the level of detail in the restoration that even the radiator has been re-cored with the original specification and pattern core at considerable expense. Whilst the interior was supplied as a high quality kit, it was then modified to the exact factory specification. An extra emphasis was put on retaining as many original factory parts as possible rather than just replacing parts with modern, cheap alternatives.
The restoration started off with a Hungarian enthusiast who had the engine fully rebuilt and who went through all the body taking it right back to bare metal before doing any repairs required and repainting the car. His metal work was second to none and he did a fantastic job. The current vendor bought the car off him as a rolling project and proceeded to put another 400 hours into the exacting restoration using A.D. Clausager’s Original MGA book as a guide.
A matching numbers example, this incredible car comes supplied with V5C registration document, a new MoT test certificate valid until July 2019 and a comprehensive history file including receipts from the engine rebuild, a selection of old MoT test certificates dating as far back as 1964, Heritage Certificate and photographic record of the restoration.
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