A beautifully restored example of the MG MGA; finished in Grey over Red.
The MGA replaced the MG TF 1500 Midget and represented a complete styling break from MG's earlier sports cars. Announced on 26 September 1955 the car was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A total of 101,081 units were sold through the end of production in July 1962, the vast majority of which were exported.
The MGA design dates back to 1951, when MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined body for George Philips' TD Le Mans car. The problem with this car was the high seating position of the driver because of the limitations of using the TD chassis. A new chassis was designed with the side members further apart and the floor attached to the bottom rather than the top of the frame sections.
It was called the MGA to signify the "first of a new line" to quote the contemporary advertising. There was also a new engine available, therefore the car did not have the originally intended XPAG unit but was fitted with the BMC corporate B-Series type allowing a lower bonnet line. The MGA convertible had no exterior door handles, however the coupe has door handles
The 1489 cc engine fitted with twin H4 type SU Carburettors produced 68 hp (51 kW) at first, but was soon uprated to 72 hp (54 kW). Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes were used on all wheels. A coupé version was also produced, bringing the total production of standard MGAs to 58,750.
The car we're offering was originally a US delivered car that was imported to the UK as a restoration project, the car underwent a 9 month restoration in 2015 which culminated in its maiden journey to Goodwood Revival where it was displayed and entered into the concours where it achieved Runner Up in the Best of Show category.
The car sits in a gorgeous Metallic Grey over a rich Red leather interior, the finest attention to detail has been paid to every element of the car, from the switch gear to the internals of the engine. This is without a doubt one of the finest examples of one of the finest British sports cars from the 1950's and at such a reasonable price point it isn't an opportunity to be missed.