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MG A Twin-cam


Produced: 1958-1960, 2111 produced.
Types: Sports,2 doors,2 seats
Coupe,2 doors,2 seats
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Launched in 1958 the MGA Twin-Cam appeared to be the ideal sporting package for serious MGA fans looking for even more performance than could be found in the standard cars. The Twin-Cam used a unique twin-camshaft engine based on the B-Series engine used in the standard car. The engine measured 1588cc and was never used in any other BMC product, despite plans for using it in a high-performance Magnette saloon.

Available in open and closed form, the MGA Twin-Cam featured up-rated suspension, all-round disc brakes and exclusive centre lock steel road wheels made by Dunlop (which had a strong resemblance to the wheels on the then current racing Jaguar D-Types). Despite these mechanical refinements and 108bhp / 113mph performance the MGA Twin-Cam failed to sell in great numbers, due mainly to its high price and poor reliability record.

MG had originally planned to build 2500 Twin-Cams, only 2111 cars were actually built. To use-up left-over production parts some special "De Luxe" MGA Mk II's were built featuring all of the Twin-Cam mechanical refinements except the engine!. These De Luxe models are now highly sought after

Buyers Guide MG A featured in Practical Classics June 2001 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: Motorbase


1588ccS4 DOHCBMC B-Series75.4mm x 89mm9.9

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
115 mph13.3 s0 s22 mpg0 bhp 0


WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
7' 10"3' 11"4' 0"13' 0"0' 0" 0 (19)0' 0"

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