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

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

€ 45,000 - 65,000
US$ 53,000 - 76,000
1959 MG MGA Twin Cam Roadster
Chassis no. YD3/2312
Engine no. 16GB-DA-1487
*Rare and desirable Twin Cam model
*One of a mere 2,111 produced
*Original LHD model
*Recent complete engine rebuild

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.

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.
While in the possession of the current vendor the car has had a full engine rebuild and the bodywork now presents very well. 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 705 import papers. A close-ratio gearbox and an oil cooler are notified and positive deviations from standard factory specification.

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