<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351

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1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe
Coachwork by Bertone
Chassis no. 26873
Engine no. 27325
Body no. 4351

Sold for US$ 39,600 inc. premium
1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe
Coachwork by Bertone

Chassis no. 26873
Engine no. 27325
Body no. 4351

1,250cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU H2 Semi-Downdraft Carburetors
54bhp at 5,200rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front and Semi Elliptic Leaf Spring Rear Suspension with Semi-Floating Rear Axle
4-Wheel Lockheed Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*One of only 65 Arnolt-MG Coupes built
*Well preserved and unmodified
*Italian coachwork, English mechanicals, American flair
*Cost nearly as much as an XK120 when new
*A rare survivor and recent barn find


THE ARNOLT-MG

Stanley Harold 'Wacky' Arnolt from Chicago was a based Chicago industrialist who had made his money during WWII selling marine motors for the war effort. After the war he started an automobile business as a distributor of British marques including MG, Riley, and Morris. At the 1952 Turin Auto Show, Arnolt spotted an elegant coupe with a body styled by Franco Scaglione of Batmobile fame and bodied by Italian Bertone in Turin on the Abingdon-built MG TD rolling chassis. Arnolt struck up a conversation Nuccio Bertone and a deal was struck to build 200 Bertone-bodied, MG TD based cars to be marketed as Arnolt-MGs with the first examples prepared in time for the 1953 New York Auto Show. The aluminum intensive design gave the TD a more contemporary look and a pair of extra seats, but also bumped the price up by over 30% to bring the sticker to $3,145—just $500 shy of the more powerful Jaguar XK120. In the end, MG's demand for their own cars and the forthcoming TF meant that Arnolt could no longer get chassis and drivetrains allocated to him and only 65 Arnolt-MG Coupes and 35 Convertibles were built before Arnolt switched his attention to Astons, Jaguars, and Bristols.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Recently discovered in Wisconsin, this Arnolt-MG Coupe was delivered new in the elegant color scheme of Peacock Blue over Grey Connolly leather. A long-time resident of the Midwest, this car, Arnolt car number 293, was clearly sparingly used and only seasonally driven during the warmer, salt-free months. An attendee of the Chicago Historic Races at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin—which ran in the in the 1980s and 1990s—as indicated by a windscreen decal alludes to when the car was last actively campaigned. Besides an exterior repaint to emerald green, the car presents very much as it was when new. Laid up in dry storage for the last nearly two decades, the interior is still trim in grey hides with red piping and the original Peacock Blue paint shows on the dash and elsewhere in the cabin. Complete, unmodified and unmolested, this Arnolt-MG is the perfect basis for a restoration. One of only 36 Arnolt-MGs of all stripes believed to survive today, it's a sure fire way to grab attention at the next British Car Meet or local cruise.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note this car is titled under its body serial number 4351.
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<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
<b>1955 Arnolt-MG Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 26873 <br />Engine no. 27325<br />Body no. 4351
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