1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster

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Lot 316
1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster

Sold for € 36,800 (US$ 40,502) inc. premium
1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster
Châssis n° YD3/2312
Moteur n° 16GB-DA-1487

Aussi populaire qu'elle ait été, la MGA avait fort à faire face aux Triumph TR3 et Austin-Healey 100/6 avec leur gros moteur. Tirer plus de puissance du 1 588 cm3 de la série B devenait de plus en plus difficile, aussi se tourna-t-on vers une version à double arbre à cames en tête. Dévoilé en 1958, le nouveau moteur développant un total de 108 ch à 6700 tr/min ne déçut pas. Considérablement plus rapide que la MGA, la Twin Cam pouvait facilement dépasser les 175 km/h. Pour encaisser ce surcroît de performances, des freins à disque Dunlop était montés aux quatre roues à serrage central Dunlop. Un prix trop élevé freina les ventes et le modèle fut abandonné au bout de deux ans. La production totale fut de 2 111 voitures (dont 1801 roadsters) et aujourd'hui, la Twin Cam est l'une des MG d'après-guerre les plus recherchées.

Importée de Belgique en 2013, cet authentique roadster Twin Cam à conduite à gauche a été expédié de l'usine vers les États-Unis le 29 juin 1959 à titre individuel. À l'origine, la voiture était noire avec l'intérieur rouge et une capote grise. Après une restauration déjà ancienne, il resta longtemps aux États-Unis avant d'être exporté au Portugal en 2008. Aujourd'hui rouge avec intérieur noir et une capote assortie, la voiture est décrite comme en bon état général et est vendue avec certificat BMIHT, un ancien titre américain, des papiers d'immatriculation portugais et un formulaire belge 705. Une boîte à rapports courts et un radiateur d'huile font partie des entorses à l'authenticité signalées.

1959 MGA Twin Cam Roadster
Chassis no. YD3/2312
Engine no. 16GB-DA-1487

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 1,588cc B-Series engine was becoming increasingly difficult, so development concentrated on a twin-overhead-camshaft cylinder head. Introduced in 1958, the new engine did not disappoint, producing an impressive 108bhp at 6,700rpm. Considerably faster than the original MGA, the Twin Cam could comfortably exceed 175km/h. 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 two years. Production totalled 2,111 cars (1,801 of them roadsters) and today the Twin Cam is one of the most sought-after of post-war MGs.

Imported into Belgium in 2013, this original left-hand drive Twin Cam roadster was despatched from the factory on 29th June 1959 as a Personal Export Delivery to the USA. The car was originally finished in black with red interior and grey hood. An older restoration, it enjoyed long-term ownership in the USA before being exported to Portugal in 2008. Now finished in red with black interior and matching hood, the car is described as in generally good condition and offered with BMIHT certificate, old US title, Portuguese registration papers and Belgian Form 705. A close-ratio gearbox and an oil cooler are notified deviations from factory specification.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that due to minor body damage in the transport, the estimate has been revised to €35,000/55,000 Veuillez noter qu'en raison d'un dommage mineur sur la carrosserie au cours du transport, l'estimation a été baissée à €35,000/55,000
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