Lot 192 - 1957 MG A Roadster
|Odometer reading||6,182 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
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 had gone as far as building a full prototype of the MGA by using TD running gear, the 1250cc XPAG engine, a re-designed chassis, and the MGA bodywork. When it eventually became clear that the TF Midget was a bit of a lame duck and that it 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 and install the much newer 1,489cc four-cylinder B-Series engine and its transmission from the Magnette saloon.
Recently imported to the UK from Canada, this MGA Roadster is in delightful condition and is in a great colour combination of red with tan interior. Sitting proudly on wire wheels, this MGA started ‘on the button’ when requested and has clearly been well looked after. Restoration work was carried out on her prior to repatriation and this appears to have been to a good standard, this included the fitting of four new wings and a bare metal respray, photographic evidence is available in the history folder. These interesting British sportscars are reliable and fun to drive and have a good supply of parts through various Owners Clubs should any problems arise. We are advised by the vendor that an application has been made to register the car in the UK; this is expected to be completed prior to auction. This lefthand drive MGA Roadster is an ideal step-up from the classic MGB.
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