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Lot 344: MG A 1600 Roadster

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Although the EX182 prototype debuted at Le Mans in 1955, by the time the actual race came around the design of what would be known as the MGA had effectively been finalised, the event itself being little more than a useful opportunity to check that everything was as it should be. Replacing the traditional T-Series MGs, the MGA combined a rigid chassis with the Austin-designed, 1,489cc B-Series engine. Initially the latter produced 68bhp at 5,500rpm, although this was later raised to 72bhp at the same revs to further improve performance. Running gear was based on that of the TF, with independent front suspension and a live rear axle, but as far as its road manners were concerned, the far superior MGA was in an entirely different league. Clad in a stylish aerodynamic body and capable of topping 95mph, the MGA proved an instant hit, selling 13,000 units in its first full year of production. After the disappointments of the Twin Cam model, engine enlargement was seen as the way forward. The result was a capacity increase from 1,489cc to 1,588cc that raised maximum power to 79.5bhp and boosted torque by 17 percent. Acceleration was improved and the MGA in '1600' form was now a true 100mph-plus car. To cope with the extra performance, disc front brakes were adopted and the suspension up-rated. The more-refined coupé version, with wind-up windows and lockable doors, continued as before while the roadster now came with sliding side windows. This MGA 1600 roadster was purchased two years ago by the vendor from marque specialists Abingdon Sportscars, who had restored it in 2005/2006 at a cost of circa £14,000. Since acquisition '26 XMY' has been maintained regularly by a specialist, covering some 4,000 miles, and is described as in generally good condition. Finished in Old English White with red leather interior, the car is offered with old-style logbook (part), current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 registration document. AccuSpark electronic ignition is the only notified deviation from factory specification. Saleroom notices The current owner has owned the vehicle since 2006 and not for only 2 years as catalogued.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number344
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£26000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£29900
Year1959
Condition rating2
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberGHN80347
Engine number16GC-U-H-6560
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors