MG A Twin-cam
1958-1960, 2111 produced.
Sports,2 doors,2 seats
Coupe,2 doors,2 seats
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.
|1588cc||S4 DOHC||BMC B-Series||75.4mm x 89mm||9.9|
Drivetrain and Suspension
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|115 mph||13.3 s||0 s||22 mpg||0 bhp 0|
|Wheelbase||Front Track||Rear Track||Length||Width||Weight (CWT)||Turning Circle|
|7' 10"||3' 11"||4' 0"||13' 0"||0' 0"||0 (19)||0' 0"|