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Lot 155: MG A MKI Fixed Head Coupe

Classic Car Sale, Charterhouse (22 April 2012)

When the MG A arrived in 1955, it must have come as quite a shock to MG enthusiasts who had become used to the pre-war look of the company's sports cars. Even the revamped TF left nothing to doubt about its 1930s style design. The MG A was therefore a complete departure in styling for MG - its beautiful streamlined body was right up to the minute and the chassis was powered by the new engine, the modern B series, the engine that had made its debut in the recently announced Magnette saloon. Before the official launch of the MG A, three aluminium bodied prototypes of the new sports car coded EX182 were entered into Le Mans and acquitted themselves well finishing fifth and sixth in their class. This was the start of a long and successful competition history for the MG which accounts for the model's continued success and popularity in historic racing today. The car offered for auction has been the subject of an exacting professional body-off, chassis-up restoration to period E4 FIA historic racing and carries with it the current FIA Historical Technical Passport (HTP), thus allowing it to compete in international historic events, plus a host of British National Historic and classic race meetings. A full race 1622 cc engine is supplemented by a Jack Knight straight cut, close ratio gearbox driving through an up-rated back axle. This comprehensive race restoration was completed in 2008, but the car has competed in only two events since, due to the vendor's busy work commitments. With class wins in the Silverstone MG CC and Oulton Park Gold Cup and 115 bhp on tap at the rear wheels and handling which the vendor describes as 'simply beautiful, beautifully set up,' this superbly presented racer is truly ready for the 2012 season. Currently MOT tested and carrying historic road tax, there are also many historic road events, such as the Tour Britannia to consider for the new lucky owner. The history file contains a full compliment of specification sheets, various restoration receipts, the aforementioned Historical Technical Passport (HTP) and a heritage certificate. The lucky new owner has the opportunity to purchase a turnkey ready, class winning car without having to go to the expense and time associated with restoring a car to this standard. V5C, ***MOT to July 2012, tax to June 2012***,

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car Sale
Charterhouse, Royal Bath and West Showground
TypeCar
Lot Number155
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1959
Condition rating
Registration numberRSV 895,
Mileage-
Chassis numberGHD177692,
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors