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Lot 105: MG A Roadster

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The MGA design dates back to 1952, when MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined body for George Philips' TDLe 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. A prototype was built and shown to the BMC chairman Leonard Lord.

He turned down the idea of producing the new car as he had just signed a deal with Donald Healey to produce Austin-Healey cars two weeks before. Falling sales of the traditional MG models caused a change of heart, and the car, initially to be called the UA-series, was brought back. As it was so different from the older MG models it was called the MGA, 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 had no exterior door handles. It was a body-on-frame design and used the straight-4 B series engine from the MG Magnette saloon driving the rear wheels through a 4-speed gearbox. Suspension was independent with coil springs and wishbones at the front and a rigid axle with semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Steering was by rack and pinion. The car was available with either wire-spoke or steel-disc road wheels.

This particular MG A was the subject of a body off restoration in 1988. For the following 10 years it was campaigned in Rallies across Europe. Photos and information in the car's file illustrate its success. It was at this time that the old engine was removed and uprated to MG B- This helped its performance, cost and reliability.

More recently, 2010 - present day, TFV 500 has been subject to a body rebuilt and re-trim where it has been converted back to road specification.

Now finished in gleaming black , with complementary red interior , described to be in excellent condition, it is now ready to be used and enjoyed.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number105
Estimate£17000-£20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£19470
Year1957
Condition rating1
Registration numberTFV 500
Mileage-
Chassis numberHDK13/40287
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2