1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274

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Lot 239
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster
Registration no. CSV 794 Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274

Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 35,806) inc. premium
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster
Registration no. CSV 794
Chassis no. YD1/1786
Engine no. M0274

Footnotes

  • 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.

    This original, right-hand drive, UK-market Twin Cam Roadster was rebuilt from the ground upwards in 2010 and race prepared by CMC Motorsport of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The engine incorporates an MGB cylinder block, which has been bored out to 1,950cc and fitted with the Twin Cam head. Provided by Mass Racing, builders of the engine, a dynamometer printout shows that it produces a maximum output of 187.9bhp at 7,126rpm with peak torque of 157.6lb/ft at 5,091 revs, highly impressive figures. Other noteworthy features include a Ford Sierra Type 9 five-speed gearbox, de-bumpered bodyshell, roll cage, bucket seat and safety harness. Unused since the rebuild, this unique Twin Cam is described as in generally excellent, race ready condition. The car is offered with sundry invoices, recently expired MoT (12th September 2013) and Swansea V5 registration document.
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1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274
1959 MGA Twin Cam Competition Roadster  Chassis no. YD1/1786 Engine no. M0274
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