When the MGA arrived in 1955, it must have come as quite a shock to MG aficionados who had become used to the pre-war look of the company’s sports cars. Even the revamped TF left nothing to doubt about its 1930’s-style design. The MGA was a complete departurein styling for MG. It’s beautiful streamlined body was right up to the minute in terms of appearance. On it’s launch the car was extremely well received, which was no doubt helped by its previous competition successes, and it’s impressive performance in standard road-going form. It also offered very good value for money in the MG tradition and it sold very well, with a large number going to the USA where it did much to revive MG’s flagging reputation.
The two-seat open body was unmistakably a development of the earlier Philips racer design, being of the full width type, the wings blending into the bodywork and each other to produce a beautiful and aerodynamic design. Other than a shortened, stylised and widened version of the now familiar MG grille, there was very little about the MGA which bore the slightest resemblance to any of its predecessors. From the scuttle, the body fell in one constant curve to the radiator grille, blending into the full swept front wings on each side. The line of the front wings was taken back past the cockpit with its cutaway doors, to where it merged into the rear wings. These tapered almost to a point at the rear and were blended into the rear portion of the bodywork that curved down from the back edge of the cockpit. This car drives wonderfully. With a 1489 cc pushrod inline 4 cylinder water cooled engine producing 68 bhp @ 5500 rpm it’s one quick little roadster.
The Transmission is a four speed manual, synchromesh on top three ratios, which has just been fully rebuilt. Front Suspension includes Independent coil and wishbone with lever arm shocks. Rear Suspension has live rear axle, half elliptic leaf springs with lever arm shocks. The exterior is a gorgeous red with a beautiful black interior finished with red piping. Both the soft top and tonou cover are black in colour. On the exterior this MGA is equiped with the optional Center-lock wire wheels.
This MGA is extremely solid and fun to drive as it a great investment.
Classic British MGA Roadster!