MG MGA Mk1 1.6 2dr RoadsterPetrol, Manual, Chariot Red, 22,748 miles
- Body: Convertible
- Transmission: Manual
- Mileage: 22,748
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Registered: 1960 (Y)
- Doors: 2
- Engine Size: 1.6
The MGA was a breakthrough car for MG replacing the dated MGTF. The car was of body on chassis construction powered by the BMC B Series engine, initially 1,500cc, driving the rear wheels via a 4 speed gearbox. Over 100,000 cars, both Roadster and Coupe, were built from 1955 to 1962. Surprisingly most were sold overseas with less than a total 6,000 cars sold in the home market.
The car we are pleased to offer is a late Mk1 car introduced mid 1959, fitted with the later 1,600cc engine and front disc brakes of the Mk2 but retaining the prettier looks of the early car.
According to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate within the cars history file, our car, a RHD home market car, was built and registered in March 1960. The colour and trim combination of Chariot Red with black leather and a grey hood still remain to this day. The equipment ordered included Disc wheels, heater, windscreen washers, grey tonneau cover, twin horns, and whitewall tyres all of which remain today except the whitewall tyres, thankfully!
Our car presents itself beautifully and, according to the large history file with the car, has benefitted from earlier restoration work which has settled down to make this a very usable car rather than a trailer queen. The leather is in great condition, the paintwork presents very wall as does the chrome. The history file also has numerous invoices going back as far as 1978 and almost all MOT certificates back to 1979 showing the vehicle has covered just 20,000 miles in the past 39 years! There was a period from 1993 to 2005 when the car was not used or MOT'd, there is little evidence of why the car was not used during this time but looking at the condition today I would presume further restoration was undertaken. In 2008, just 6,000 miles ago, invoices show evidence of an engine rebuild with the cylinder head being converted to run on unleaded petrol.
Also with the car are the side wind screens, a removable hard top in good condition, a spare wheel with tools, and a spare key.