AutoHunter Spotlight: 1961 MG MGA Roadster

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Featured on AutoHunter, the net public sale platform pushed by ClassicCars.com, is that this modified 1961 MG MGA roadster.

British sports activities automobiles from the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties have been the explanation for the complete sports activities automobile craze that took America by storm. These automobiles have been enjoyable to drive, supplied good efficiency, terrific styling, and have been inexpensive to buy. One automobile that just about personifies the concept of the basic British sports activities automobile is the MGA.

Constructed as a alternative for the very primitive MG TF, the MGA first took place when MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined physique for driver George Philips’ MG TD Le Mans racing automobile. The brand new physique did away with the MG TF’s articulated fenders and working board for a automobile that in some ways seemed extra just like the streamlined Jaguar XK120 with an uninterrupted flowing physique.

As well as, a brand new wider chassis was designed with the attachment factors for the ground to the underside of the body as a substitute of the highest because it had with the T sequence MG automobiles. Enever had a prototype constructed that he confirmed to Leonard Lord, the chairman of BMC. Lord initially turned down the concept of manufacturing the brand new automobile as a consequence of the truth that he had actually simply signed a take care of Donald Healey to supply the brand new Austin-Healey.

All appeared misplaced however BMC, seeing gross sales of the T sequence automobiles dropping like a rock, determined to construct the brand new automobile. MG referred to as the automobile the MGA and marketed it because the, “first of a brand new line.” The MGA additionally changed the Beverly growing older T-Sequence XPAG engine with the brand new BMC B Sequence engine which supplied extra energy.

The MGA would turn into precisely the automobile MG wanted to be aggressive within the sports activities automobile market and was broadly embraced by each journalists and patrons. By the top of manufacturing in 1962, MG produced a complete of 101,081 MGA automobiles.

This 1961 MGA listed right here on AutoHunter is claimed to have obtained $38,000 in updates and upgrades that embody a body-off restoration and a rebuild of the 1.6-liter inline-four, which is related to a four-speed handbook transmission. It’s mentioned to be a rust-free California automobile with 26,289 miles on the odometer and has been garaged and lined underneath the vendor’s possession. It’s painted in darkish crimson and geared up with a black mushy prime over a black vinyl inside. This MGA is obtainable with a tan tonneau cowl, clip-in aspect home windows, and a transparent title.

The outside of this MGA is claimed to be painted in darkish crimson paint however might be the manufacturing facility right Chariot Crimson shade based mostly on the pictures offered. The pictures present a automobile that appears to have good door gaps and good chrome. I see no proof of any rust or corrosion, and total the outside appears fairly presentable.

The automobile is provided with right 15-inch wire wheels with knock-off heart caps and the tires are interval right 165SR15 Michelin XZX tires.

The inside is described as being fitted with black vinyl low-back buckets with crimson contrasting piping, matched to the door panels, sprint trim, lap belts, and carpeting. It additionally features a heart armrest, a dash-mounted rearview mirror, an accurate MGA banjo-style steering wheel, and a spare tire contained in the carpeted trunk. The one factor I would change is to have the seats recovered with the identical shade seat covers within the right 1961 MGA leather-based, as each new MGA had leather-based seats from the manufacturing facility.

Mechanically the automobile additionally appears, and from the outline sounds to be, in nice form. The carbureted 1.6-liter inline-four has been rebuilt and is claimed to have final been serviced round Might 2023. Energy is shipped to the rear wheels through a floor-shifted four-speed handbook transmission.

In case you are seeking to purchase a basic British sports activities automobile you have got many various fashions to select from. For me, personally, an MGA roadster provides every part that’s particular in a basic British roadster. they’re nice enjoyable to drive with nice interval dealing with, have a pleasant sounding engine, and are merely beautiful to take a look at. The MGA merely delivers in your expectations of the concept of what a British roadster is and at considerably much less cash to purchase and keep when in comparison with, say, a Jaguar XK120. With an MGA like this it’s exhausting to go improper.

The public sale for this 1961 MG MGA roadster ends Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. (PDT)

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