Lot 254 - 1956 MG A Roadster Mk. I
|Estimate||£17,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,620|
- Recent gearbox rebuild
- Restored in the U.S.
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.
This MGA was repatriated from the U.S. in 2013 having already been restored there. The current vendor has had the gearbox rebuilt recently on this handsome sports car; we are advised she drives with no known faults and is in excellent order throughout. Finished in red with beige interior, this lefthand drive MGA is supplied with a V5C registration document. These quintessentially British sports cars are great fun to drive and represent excellent value given the significant rise in prices of Austin-Healeys and Jaguar E-Types.
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.