1962 MGA 1600 Roadster  Chassis no. GRN2 2107636 Engine no. 2107636

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Lot 638
1962 MGA 1600 Roadster
Registration no. KFO 597 Chassis no. GRN2 2107636 Engine no. 2107636

Sold for £ 10,120 (US$ 12,889) inc. premium
1962 MGA 1600 Roadster
Registration no. KFO 597
Chassis no. GRN2 2107636
Engine no. 2107636

Footnotes

  • Although the EX182 prototype 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 finalised, 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, 1,489cc B-Series engine. Initially the latter produced 68bhp at 5,500rpm, although this was later raised to 72bhp at the same revs to further improve performance. 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 the disappointments of 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 79.5bhp and boosted torque by 17 percent. Acceleration was improved and the MGA in ‘1600’ form was now a true 100mph-plus car. To cope with the extra performance, disc front brakes were adopted and the suspension up-rated. The more-refined coupé version, with wind-up windows and lockable doors, continued as before while the roadster now came with sliding side windows.
    This particular MGA Roadster was originally delivered to an American serviceman who went missing in Vietnam. Subsequently the car was stored, unused, for 15 years. Restoration work carried out approximately 20 years ago included a new floor and sills, chassis rails replaced, engine reconditioned and new carpets fitted. The car is now right-hand drive but was almost certainly delivered as left-hand drive export model. Offered with sundry restoration invoices, Swansea V5 document, current road MoT and fresh MoT, this lovely MGA comes from an excellent home, having shared a stable for some years with an exclusive collection of pre-war Italian motor cars.
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