1962 MG MGA

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Introduced in 1955 as a replacement for the aging MG TF, the MGA was designed to compete with the likes of the Triumph TR-2. By 1962, it had become the best-selling MG in history, although the 1962 models, known as the MKII, were a one-year-only design. Changes included a revised grille, vinyl dashboard, and taillights mounted below the deck lid rather than atop the rear fenders. The MKII also received a more powerful 1622 cc four-cylinder engine that was able to push the little roadster to over 100 MPH. This 1962 MGA MKII roadster was restored several years ago, and still presents as an above-average driver that can be used and enjoyed without worries. The body fits together exceptionally well, especially given that these were still largely hand-built, even in 1962. Look how the fenders and doors flow together with tight panel gaps, and how nicely the hood fits in its opening, all hallmarks of a careful restorer. The paint is called Orient Red, a correct 1962 MGA color and entirely appropriate for the sporty little roadster. The finish is glossy and smooth, and there's no sign of the notorious tin worm that often plagues these cars after more than five decades. Much of that can be attributed to an easy life in Georgia, where it arrived in 1967, after spending its first five years in England. Chrome and bright work is in good condition, including the unique MKII recessed grille, and this one sports accessories such as chrome wire wheels, a grille guard, and wire headlight protectors. The black leather interior has a comfortable, broken-in look like your favorite pair of jeans, and is probably just as comfortable. Once you get used to the seating position, it can be a comfortable place to spend the day. You'll be delighted by the Jaeger gauges in the real wood dashboard, as well as the stubby shifter that is always within easy reach. The large diameter wheel will make you feel like a rally driver as you run the engine up and down through the gears, but just in case that isn't entertainment enough for you, a period AM/FM radio has been fitted. This car also comes equipped with a black convertible top and side curtains, which are probably best saved for emergencies. But isn't that part of the fun of owning a vintage British sports car? With 90 horsepower on tap, performance from the BMC-sourced four-cylinder engine is lively. The engine has been rebuilt and runs beautifully, firing up with a distinctive blat from the free-flowing exhaust, and accelerating with an authoritative, deep voice that is perfectly in character with the rest of the car (you might recall that Mazda engineers studied the sounds of cars like this for months before settling on the correct exhaust system for the Miata). By 1962, the MG's reliability was much improved, and thanks to decades of subsequent development and a massive aftermarket, these are cars that can be driven long distances with confidence. With a 4-speed manual that's light and direct, it's a joy to run the car up and down through the gears, and the pedals are perfectly placed for heel-and-toe shifting. The MG experience isn't about raw speed, it's about balance, and this car can be driven near its limits without the need for a racetrack. Brakes are firm, and the ride quality is surprisingly good given the car's short wheelbase and basic suspension. There's a reason these cars are so popular with enthusiasts today-they're inexpensive, stylish, and just plain fun to drive. With a massive fan base, spares and knowledge are readily available, making these cars are inexpensive to own and operate. For decades, manufacturers have been trying to recapture the magic that these British sports cars created, but nothing beats the genuine article. The feels, sounds, and smells just can't be duplicated, and the eccentricities for which they are famous are all part of the charm. This one is nicely sorted and ready to go, needing nothing other than an enthusiastic new owner. Call us today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 122502

as of 4/18/2011

Car 1962 MG MGA
VIN GHNL2101497 
Mileage 35,206 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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