The MGA design dates back to 1951 when MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined body for an MG TD Le Mans car, but when the new design was shown to the then BMC chairman Leonard Lord, he turned down the idea of producing the new car as he had just signed a deal with Donald Healey two weeks before to produce the new Austin-Healey!
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However, falling sales of the traditional MG 'T Series' models caused a change of heart and the car, initially to be called the MG UA-series, was brought back.
As it was so different from the older MG models it was to replace, it was called the MGA, the "First of a new line" to quote the contemporary advertising at the time.
There was also a new BMC Engine available at the time and the MGA was fitted with this new 1500cc
straight-4 "B series" Engine from the MG Magnette. Suspension was independent with coil springs and wishbones at the front and a rigid axle with semi-elliptic springs at the rear, rack and pinion steering and either wire or steel road wheels.
This stunning LHD example is a 1960 MK1 Roadster which was built for the North American market and sold new in California, USA. It spent all of its life in California until being completely rebuilt in 2002/3 and then sold to the current owner in Malta in 2004 after he saw the car whilst on holiday in California and fell in love with it!
After enjoying the car for 10 years in Malta he has decided to sell it and it was shipped to us to sell on his behalf.
The car is absolutely stunning throughout and has been restored to a very high standard. It is finished in Black with Dark Red Leather trim, Black carpets, MG Rubber Mats, Red vinyl Soft Top, Side Screens + Wind Deflectors, original Bakelite Steering Wheel and Dashboard fittings, fully carpeted Boot compartment, rebuilt 1598cc Engine, 4 Speed Gearbox, new Exhaust System, all new/re-chromed bumpers, grille and windscreen surround and Chrome Wire Wheels with White-Wall Tyres. It has a fully detailed Engine Bay and most ancillaries, wiring and copper piping were renewed at the time of the restoration.
Fabulous condition throughout and it really must be seen and driven to be fully appreciated.
The car will be registered in the UK upon sale unless sold abroad and it will come with a new MOT and fully serviced.
Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake.