1959 MG A Twin Cam RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $60,000


$56,100 Sold

108hp, 1,588cc, double overhead camshaft inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94"

The MGA, first introduced in September of 1955, was an entirely new concept from the designers at Abingdon. Its smooth, graceful and flowing lines aided in its initial success, as it was well received upon its introduction, selling more than 100,000 cars. Morris Garages announced its new Twin Cam Roadster in the spring of 1958 and began selling them over the summer.

With twice the power of the regular engine, the new double overhead cam, four-cylinder powerplant with its twin SU carburetors produced an impressive 108hp. Additionally, the Twin Cams were equipped with four-wheel disc brakes and were capable of speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour. With a limited production run, over the years they have become highly sought after by enthusiasts. In fact, production of the Twin Cam was ceased in 1960, by which time just 323 examples had been produced.

The Twin Cam Roadsters were hard to distinguish visually from their more docile counterparts; the only major exterior difference was the use of knock-off disc wheels on the Twin Cams. These wheels were needed to make room for four-wheel disc brakes, because the car now required stopping power to match its horsepower.

The 1959 MGA Twin Cam Roadster pictured here in red with a slightly darker shade of red interior is fitted with such desirable features as a luggage rack, a tan convertible top, and proper steel wheels with knock offs wrapped in Dunlop Road Speed tires. Subjected to a major restoration only a short time ago, the interior has beautifully crafted leather seats, a Bluemel’s Brooklands steering wheel, a heater/defroster, red carpets and black floor mats wearing the octagonal MG insignia. Properly equipped, the trunk houses the spare, a jack and a set of tools.

Although the restoration has aged slightly, and minor flaws can be seen in the brightwork and paint, it remains in highly presentable cosmetic condition. We understand that recently the MG was fitted with competition seats from the UK as well being treated to a complete engine rebuild less than 700 miles ago. This Twin Cam, with its powerful engine, less than 70,000 miles on the odometer, great looks and a comfortable interior would make an outstanding MG to take on any challenging driving event geared towards postwar British sports cars.

Reference Number 7579

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1959 MG A Twin Cam Roadster
VIN YD31984 
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