MGA 1800 MK1 Roadster
The MGA replaced the MG TF 1500 Midget and represented a complete styling break from MG’s earlier sports cars. Launched to the public at the 1955 Frankfurt motor show with its radically streamlined steel body the MGA was a big leap forward in technology for MG. Concerned about how such a radically streamlined car would be accepted, MG chose to debut two prototype cars at the Le Mans 24-hour race. The prototyped cars finished a very respectable 5th and 6th in class, powered by the new B – Series engine that had recently debuted in the MG Magnette saloon. The 1489 cc engine produced 68 bhp initially, but was soon uprated to 72 bhp. Offering impressive performance with a 0-60 mph time of just 16 seconds and onto a top speed of 98 mph. During its production a total of 101,081 cars were sold with a mere 5869 being produced for the home market. Other significant improvements included hydraulic Lockheed drum brakes all round, rack and pinion steering and independent coil spring suspension to the front and semi-elliptic springs to the rear.
The MGA 1800 Mark 1 Roadster offered here at Autostorico was first registered in 1960. This stunning example is finished in Chariot Red with Black leather interior. The car has two common (for MGA) modifications: Gold standard factory engine exchange for MGB 1800 engine (1975), and a 5 speed synchromesh gearbox which gives the car more modern driving characteristics. The car has recently undergone a full restoration between 2015 and 2017 with post run-in engine tuning by Piper Special Vehicles in Bristol. The most recent work included; engine overhaul / tuning, full service including post restoration snagging, installation of new 5 speed gearbox, new 12v gel battery, installation of seatbelts, new Kenlowe fan. For the bodywork restoration all equipment was removed followed by shot blasting, welding where necessary and painted with industrial chassis paint.
Specification highlights include; Original MGA steering wheel, wire wheels with knock off spinners, hood with side screens.
The vehicle has seven recorded previous keepers and documentation includes a list from DVLA of previous owners and has much history and many receipts.
A truly unique opportunity to own such a stunning example of a true British classic, which will certainly appreciate over time.
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