1960 MGA 1600 Roadster
Chassis no. GHNL/83569
1,588cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
80bhp at 5,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Beautifully presented example
*Charming Iris Blue over Blue color combination
*Wonderful Roadster for Sunday drives
*MG's classic 1950s sports car
*Offered with BMI Heritage Trust Certificate
Although the MGA 'EX182' prototypes debuted at Le Mans in 1955, by the time the actual race came around the design of what would be known as the MGA had effectively been finalized, the event itself being little more than a useful opportunity to check that everything was as it should be. Replacing the traditional T-Series MGs, the MGA combined a rigid chassis with the Austin-designed B-Series engine chosen as the power plant. Running gear was based on that of the TF, with independent front suspension and a live rear axle, but as far as its road manners were concerned, the far superior MGA was in an entirely different league.
Clad in a stylish aerodynamic body and capable of topping 95mph, the MGA proved an instant hit, selling 13,000 units in its first full year of production. After reliability issues plagued the Twin Cam model, engine enlargement was seen as the way forward. The result was a capacity increase from 1,489cc to 1,588cc that raised maximum power to 80bhp and boosted torque by 17 percent. Acceleration was improved and the MGA in '1600' form was now a true 100mph-plus car.
The Motorcar Offered
Built in January of 1960, this MGA was equipped as a left hand drive Roadster, destined for the North American market. It was finished in Old English white and fitted with a red interior and a grey convertible top. The list of factory fitted equipment included a heater, a tonneau cover, disc wheels and tubeless tires.
Finished today in the period MGA color of Iris Blue, this charming Roadster benefits from a beautiful restoration performed in the early 2000s. The interior is neatly trimmed in a medium blue color, with white piping on the seats. The bright work presents equally well, with shiny, chromed wire wheels adding the finishing touches. These quintessential British sports cars offer much driving pleasure on the open road, and make great entries into local rallies and club events.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1961.