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Lot 169: MG A Coupe


For the debut of its new MG 'A' 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 MG 'A' 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 MG 'A' prototype, which took several speed records up to 153mph that finally persuaded BMC to relent.With 68bhp at 5,500rpm - soon raised to 72bhp - the MG 'A' was capable of 0-60mph in 15 seconds and 97mph while the predictable handling, via independent coil spring front suspension and a live rear axle with leaf springs, was almost foolproof. In July 1959 the MG A became the MG A 1600 with the slightly enlarged 1,588cc engine and standard Lockheed front disc brakes; naturally, increased power and improved torque gave improved performance. This 1600 example is finished in iconic MG light blue with a complementary black interior this MG A is described by the vendor to be in excellent general condition. The engine and transmission are also reported to be in excellent fettle, making this particular example of the marque the ideal candidate for any collection, as perhaps one of the most relished 60's British sports cars.

Lot Details
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number169
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration number8098 UB
Chassis numberGHD 88761
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