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Lot 105: MGA 1600

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

The MGA replaced the older T-type cars and represented a complete styling break from them too; it was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955.The 1960 example on offer is the more powerful updated 1600cc version of this handsome sporting roadster. 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. In May 1959 the standard cars also received an updated engine, now at 1588 cc producing 78 bhp. At the front disc brakes were fitted, but drums remained in the rear. Externally the car is very similar to the 1500 with differences including amber or white (depending on market) front turn indicators shared with white parking lamps, separate stop/tail and turn lamps in the rear, and 1600 badging on the boot and the cowl. A number of 1600 De Luxe versions were produced with leftover special wheels and four wheel disc brakes of the departed Twin-Cam, or using complete modified Twincam chassis left redundant by the discontinuance of that model. Seventy roadsters and 12 coupes were built. This car was purchased from well-respected specialist Nutley Sports & Prestige in 2007, as a fully restored original RHD UK example, by a mature professional enthusiast. The car has been lovingly cared for and maintained by a main Dealer garage (ex MG Rover dealer!) for its every need since. It has been used sparingly in dry weather and kept in a heated garage since its purchase. The coachwork is finished in deep Chariot Red paintwork in mint condition, with first class panel fit. The interior complements it with black leather seats and red piping, with a lovely mellow patina, avoiding the often over restored look of modern re-trims. This MGA is correctly detailed in all areas with original steering wheel, gauges and switches. The wire wheels have recently been repainted with a correct silver paint code. Other attention to detail include correct period number plates often over looked when presenting cars of this era. The owner confirms that the car offers spirited performance, with good oil pressure, and maintaining its water temperature. This roadster benefits from full weather equipment including a tonneau cover. A few discreet improvements in the car include vented brake discs, a Kenlowe Fan and electric isolator switch. The car is ready for action, recently sailing through a new MOT with no advisories and is completed with a stainless steel boot rack.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number105
Estimate£16000-£18000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1960
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Registration number927 PPH
Mileage-
Chassis number16GAV20292
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