Lot 133 - 1958 MG A Mk. I Roadster (1500)
|Odometer reading||68,988 miles|
|Result||Sold - £26,320|
- Restored in 2015
- Presents in delightful condition
This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY
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.
Repatriated to the UK in 2015 this MGA then underwent a complete refurbishment including being converted from lefthand drive to righthand drive. The quality of the restoration is first class which tempted the vendor to purchase the car as soon as he saw it in 2016. Finished in Old English White with red leather interior and an unmarked black hood, this roadster also has a red tonneau cover. Open the bonnet and this car comes into its own, the engine bay is exceedingly tidy and confirms this car has been very well cared for by the vendor. The engine fired up as soon as the choke was pulled out and it ran beautifully with no adverse noise, the B-Series unit is a very reliable engine and when set up correctly, as this one obviously is, very smooth and effective in operation. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a Heritage Certificate and a collection of invoices, including some £2,500 spent by the fastidious vendor throughout his stewardship; this MGA is a delightful example, viewing the car is highly recommended.
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