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Lot 167: MG A Roadster

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

For the debut of its new MGA in 1955, MG wisely chose that year's Le Mans 24 Hour race; after a succession of open-wheeled models there were fears of an adverse reaction to such a streamlined car, and it was felt that by showing the MGA in competition first, the aerodynamic shape would be accepted as a performance essential. There had been some delays, however, in getting the go-ahead for production, MG owner BMC declining, having already agreed with Donald Healey to build the Austin Healey 100; it was the success of a highly streamlined MGA prototype, which took several records up to 153mph, which finally persuaded BMC to relent. The competition successes of the ZA Magnette had already proven the potential of its new 1,498cc four cylinder engine and this was chosen for the new MGA. With 68bhp at 5,550rpm - soon raised to 72bhp - the MGA was capable of 0-60mph in 15 seconds and 97mph while the predictable handling, via independent coil spring front suspension and live leaf-sprung rear axle, was almost foolproof. The car was an instant success and in 1956 the roadster was joined by a fixed head coupe. This stunning left hand drive MG A Roadster is reported to be in excellent overall condition. Finished in cardinal red over tan this little car must be seen to be appreciated. Its hardy 1600 BMC engine making it the perfect car to use on continental tours or rallies, or for a Sunday afternoon summer drive to the local pub! Taxed and MoT'ed until the end of May next year, if you have always promised yourself one, now is the time to do something about it.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number167
Estimate£12000-£17000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating
Registration number832 YUU
Mileage-
Chassis numberGHNL 76916
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