1960 MG MGA

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The MG TF is widely considered to be a stop-gap measure between the aging TD and the all-new MGA, which debuted in 1955. Thanks to the extra development time that the TF bought for MG, the MGA is a wonderfully well-sorted car and examples such as this gorgeous, award-winning coupe are a vast improvement over their ancestors. By 1960, when this car was built, the 1600 engine was developing an honest 80 horsepower, with half the maintenance requirements but 90% of the performance of the discontinued Twin Cam. As an original California black plate car, this MGA spent the first half of its life on the west coast before being retired to the warm, dry climate of the southeast, where it was treated to a comprehensive restoration, as well as a host of mechanical upgrades just last year. This coupe, as one of only 1454 built in 1960, is an extremely rare car. Highly prized by MG enthusiasts for their more comfortable accommodations and friendlier all-weather abilities, the coupes are also dramatic machines that look like they should cost thousands more than they do. The stunning black-over-red color combination is traditional and racy, the perfect choice on a vintage British sports car. The bodywork was finished to very high standards several years ago, and it still presents well enough to show proudly. Assembled with vastly more care than the factory ever lavished on them, this MGA shows excellent panel alignment and good gaps, both of which are of critical importance on a black car. It shares the traditional British sports car shape with other well-known marques such as Austin-Healey and even the Jaguar XK120, but can be purchased and maintained for tens of thousands less. This striking car appeared on the cover of "North American Classic MG" magazine, and it's not hard to figure out why. Inside, the red leather interior is simply gorgeous. The coupes were obviously better finished than their open siblings, with more sound deadening materials added under the carpets and on the firewall. The overall experience is the same as an open MG, but with a greater feeling of solidity and luxury than the basic roadsters. The lovely red leather contrasts well with the light gray carpets and headliner, and it's all in splendid condition. All the gauges have been rebuilt, and every warning light, blinker, and indicator works as it should. The seats and carpets show very little use, testament to a caring owner and proper storage. It's not hard to imagine yourself behind the large-diameter steering wheel, slipping the stubby transmission lever cleanly through the gears and listening to the gutsy engine singing under the hood. The car also still has the original MGA tool kit, jack, and tire pump. If you are at all familiar with these cars then you already know that it is rare to find these items still with the car. Originally equipped with 1500 cc engines, the MGA got a welcome increase in displacement in late 1959 to 1588 cc. Although horsepower only went up by nine, the added torque was much appreciated, making the MGA an easy car to drive in town as well as the open road. The original, numbers-matching engine was rebuilt some years ago, and still runs beautifully today. Under the hood, it shows very well, with traditional MG maroon on the engine and a half dozen nicely restored data tags that reveal details about the car's specifications. There's an effective heater mounted on the firewall, and a pair of nicely tuned side-draft carburetors that help create that distinctive MG sound that Mazda worked so hard to duplicate in the first Miatas. The A was the last MG to use a separate body and frame, so a car as thoroughly restored as this one has no nasty hidden, surprises. The A also includes effective front disc brakes taken from the Twin Cam, and desirable wire wheels, which were optional. Recent service work includes a new clutch and transmission rebuild in 2010, new tubeless Michelin tires, and fresh rear brakes in 2011. The result is a highly road-worthy and beautiful MGA that can be enjoyed with confidence, both on and off the show field. This car has already won awards at the very highest levels, winning first in its class at the North American MG Registry national event GT13, and best of show in the premier division GT15. It also includes the original California black plates, a Heritage Certificate, as well as extensive restoration and service receipts dating back to 1974. And, of course, all the trophies as well as a copy of the Classic MG magazine which features this car on the cover. Of the four models of MGAs built, the 1600 is probably the best value for the money. Rarer than a the roadster, with better performance than the 1500 and less maintenance than the finicky Twin Cam, it's the ideal blend of all that was great about MG in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Take this one home 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 124677

as of 5/9/2011

Car 1960 MG MGA
VIN GHDL71601 
Mileage 89,011 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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