MGA Twin Cam Roadster
Lot 114
1960 MGA Twin Cam Roadster, Chassis no. YD3/1729 Engine no. 16GB/U/1302
Sold for £34,500 (US$ 57,988) inc. premium
Lot Details
1960 MGA Twin Cam Roadster

Registration no. GSK 198
Chassis no. YD3/1729
Engine no. 16GB/U/1302


  • Conceived as replacement for the traditional 'T'-Series MGs, the MGA combined a rigid chassis with the Austin-designed, 1,489cc B-Series engine that had first appeared in the ZA Magnette. Running gear was based on that of the TF, with independent coil-sprung wishbone front suspension and a live rear axle. Clad in a curvaceous aerodynamic body and capable of topping 95mph, the MGA proved an instant hit, selling 13,000 units in its first full year of production.

    Immensely popular though it was, the MGA faced stiff competition from the larger-engined Triumph TR3 and Austin-Healey 100/6. Coaxing more power from the standard engine was becoming increasingly difficult, so development concentrated on a twin-overhead-camshaft cylinder head for the B-Series block. Conceived at Cowley by BMC engineer Gerald Palmer and introduced in 1958, the new 1,588cc engine did not disappoint, producing an impressive 108bhp at 6,700rpm. Considerably faster than the stock MGA, the Twin Cam could comfortably exceed 110mph, and to cope with the increased performance Dunlop disc brakes were fitted all round and Dunlop centre-lock wheels adopted. A high price discouraged sales however, and the model was dropped after just two years. Production totalled 2,111 cars, a mere 360 of which were sold on the home market, and today the Twin Cam is one of the most sought-after of post-war MG sports cars.

    Last taxed in 1992, this very nicely restored MGA Twin Cam has covered 283 miles since the rebuild's completion, although it is not known when the work was carried out. Noteworthy features include correct steel wheels, new side screens and the original jack and tools. Finished in Old English White with Claret leather interior trim and black carpets, the car is offered with Swansea V5 document recording no previous owners since 1991. In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, since publication of the catalogue it has been confirmed that this MGA was originally supplied in left-hand drive configuration. It was converted in the USA to right hand drive, prior to import to the UK in 1991 and is therefore one of 1,801 roadsters not 360 as catalogued.
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