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Lot 063: MG A 1600 Roadster

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

The first truly modern MG, the MGA of 1955 was leagues ahead of anything the company had yet produced, their other post-war cars being nothing more than restyled pre-war designs. Derived from MG designer Syd Enever's streamlined 1952 Le Mans car, the beautifully sleek and understated body was the equal of anything the Italians had to offer and even made Jaguar's XK120 roadster (to which it bore a passing resemblance) look lardy by comparison. Of traditional body-on-frame design, the MGA also had a notably rigid structure devoid of the scuttle-shake that plagues so many other soft-tops. This is thanks to a triangulated bulkhead design that is not found on any other production sportscar, allied to a massively stiff chassis. Throw in its direct, vice-free rack and pinion steering, plus a great racing pedigree, and it's no wonder that the MGA has acquired such a devoted fan club over the years. From 1959 it was available with a larger 1600cc engine producing 78bhp (10bhp up on the original 1500cc cars) which gave it a top speed of 98mph. Front disc brakes were also added to cope with the extra performance. The MGA remained in production until 1962 when it was replaced by the softer and rather less inspiring MGB, by which time 101,000 had been sold, the vast majority to the US market. Thought to date from 1961, this particular MGA 1600 appears to have spent the first decade of its life in Germany before returning to the UK in 1971. It had just one owner from 1974 until 2003 and was acquired by the current vendor in the following year. Long since converted to right-hand drive, it has also been uprated at some time with a high-lift cam, 72-spoke chrome wire wheels and a stainless steel sports exhaust. In 2005 it was also fitted with the well-regarded 5-speed Sierra gearbox conversion and is reported to perform exceptionally well with an invigorating turn of speed. It comes with various old MOTs and bills including a carburettor rebuild in 2009 and a new mohair hood in 2006. A German buff log book from 1966 is also present as is a tonneau cover. Appearing to be in good, sound condition throughout with a current MOT and said to be in excellent mechanical order, it looks a most tempting sports car at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number063
Estimate£15000-£17000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating
Registration numberTAS 690
Mileage-
Chassis numberGHNL99771
Engine number16GAVH31036
Engine capacity (cc)1600
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2