Lot 156 - 1961 MG A Competition Roadster

Lot 156 - 1961 MG A Competition Roadster

Lot 156 - 1961 MG A Competition Roadster

Lot Number 156
Registration 696 CLL
Chassis Number GHN/91842
Odometer reading 7,850 miles
Result Sold - £18,480
  • Built and raced by the late Ron Cody
  • 1950cc B-Series race engine, (178bhp)
  • Restored in 2015 and 2020

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 race prepared MGA Competition Roadster was first registered in June 1961 to its first owner, Mr. H. J. Royal of W1 and still wears its original registration. Built by the late Ron Cody specifically to race and win in a number of race series, he enjoyed the car over a period of approximately 20 years. During this time the car saw many victories in the Equipe GTS race series and this success led to Ron being asked to build, restore and race-prepare cars for other competitors to the same high standard. Since the car last competed it has undergone a significant restoration, receiving a new livery of Rosso Corsa with Old English White striping. Most of the rebuild was carried out in 2015 with further works in 2020. The car has had little use since then, but is ready to go.

Powered by a 1950cc B-Series engine, it produces a very respectable 178bhp. This high specification engine has notable features including; an Arrow steel billet crankshaft, Carrillo con-rods, Peter Burgess cylinder head, Piper camshaft and a Weber 48DCO/SP carburettor. Other noteworthy features of this highly developed car include an MGB close-ratio gearbox, Quaife limited-slip differential, alloy front wings, a new radiator with thermostatic fan and new electrical switches, new lighting wiring and up-rated suspension incorporating Koni telescopic dampers. Supplied with a UK V5C registration document, BMI Heritage Certificate and original buff logbook, this beautifully presented MGA is ready to race and win, being eligible for a number of historic race series.

Interested parties should note that the reserve on this vehicle has been reduced.

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