Lot 249 - 1959 MG A Twin Cam Roadster

Lot 249 - 1959 MG A Twin Cam Roadster

Lot 249 - 1959 MG A Twin Cam Roadster

Lot Number 249
Registration NCL 542
Chassis Number Y011979
Engine Number 16GB/U/1645
Odometer reading 22,000 miles
Estimate £28,000 - £35,000
Result Sold - £33,600
  • Featured in Enthusiast magazines
  • Well known MGA Twin Cam
  • Original UK supplied RHD car restored in 2014

 The high performance twin cam model of the famous MGA was added to the range in 1958. Available in both fixedhead and roadster versions, the new model could be visually identified by the fitment of knock-on Dunlop wheels and scuttle-mounted badges proclaiming 'Twin Cam'. The new engine boasted a cross flow cylinder head in aluminium alloy, larger SU carburettors and twin chain-driven overhead camshafts whist the displacement was increased to 1588cc, giving 108bhp at 6,700rpm and a top speed of 113mph allied to brisk acceleration. To cope with the increased performance, Dunlop disc brakes were fitted both front and rear. The model was universally popular with 2,111 made worldwide, most in lefthand drive format.

This original UK supplied righthand drive MGA Twin Cam was purchased new in 1959, our vendor purchased the car in 2012 from a Bonhams auction in Oxfordshire. A fabulous history file indicated that this car was originally restored between 1978 and 1981 by Simon Robinson and denotes that this example is well known to the MG Owners' Club, having been featured numerous times in club magazines, copies of which can be found within the impressive history file which also contains an original green replacement buff logbook, countless invoices and provenance which all indicates that the 22,000 shown on the odometer is likely to be correct. Since 2012 the current vendor has spent time and significant sums of money ensuring NCL 542 reflects the car that featured so heavily in many magazine articles. In 2014 he sent the MGA to Classic Restorations, some £21,000 later the car looks fabulous, coupled to this an uprated fan and a new hood was fitted in 2012. The vendor informs us the car drives very well indeed and with recent attention to the timing of the twin cam engine that now reflects the impressive car it should. Finished in white with its original red leather interior, these delightful British built sports cars are now recognised as real classics that drive very well and offer good long term investment potential.

* Interested parties should note that contrary to the description in the catalogue, upon inspection of the paperwork there are more keepers than first thought however this further paperwork has improved the cars provenance. *

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.

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