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MGA Club - Best seats in the house — starring MGA '1600', the fastest, safest, smartest looking sporting machine ever to wear the Octagon. Produced by BMC, world’s largest and most experienced manufacturer of sports cars. Scenario and direction by you, according to your mood for fun or competition. Special effects: A real barnstorming engine, road-hugging suspension, precise steering, fade-free disc brakes...and an award-winning performance every time you hit the road. Ask your BMC dealer for an audition. You’ll exit smiling, going abroad? Have a BMC car meet.

Back seat drivers, g’bye! This one is deliberately designed for a carefree twosome to slip into snug bucket seats, take the helm, give it the gun, flash through teeming traffic and head for their favorite wide open spaces. Alone. This is the sports car for a guy and a gal who dare get away with an MG, knowing that everyone’s watching them. Enviously. The MGA 1600 Mk. II is one of four brand new members of the famous BMC family along with the MG Midget, the Austin Healey 3000 Mk. II and the Sprite...mighty fast company all. Drop everything for a getaway test drive today. You’ll find your home-town BMC dealer to be a happy accomplice.

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Compare prices, models, colors, power and performance as most sports car experts already have. See for yourself why there are more BMC sports cars on the road than those of all other makers combined. Then sell yourself with a test drive. You'll be sold for keeps! Day and night. Night and day.
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  •   Russ Smith reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    CAR MGA / #MG / #MGA-1600-MK1-Roadster , Alamo Beige / #MGA-1600-Roadster / #MGA-MK1-Roadster / #MGA-1600 / #MGA-MK1

    Year of manufacture #1959
    Recorded mileage 516
    Asking price £26,950
    Vendor Former Glory, Postcombe, Oxfordshire; tel: 01844 281700; www. classicmg. co. uk

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £940
    Max power 78bhp
    Max torque 87lb ft
    0-60mph 14.2 secs
    Top speed 100mph
    Mpg 27

    This is a home-market right-hand-drive car in its original Alamo Beige with the Heritage Certificate to prove it, though it has spent time in California. It was restored 10 years ago and looks to have done little since, though the chrome wires are fairly recent; it was supplied on steels. The engine was exchanged for a new correct-type 1600 unit (prefixed GA/U: 1588cc for the Mk1) with unleaded head in ’03 when the mileage was 29,522.

    The paintwork is still pretty good, with one chip to the right of the bootlid and an area of crazing on the nearside front wing that will be dealt with before sale. Much of the chrome is repro, the windscreen frame replated, and it’s all smart. The tyres are 2004-dated Camacs, with the same but older on the painted-wire spare. The chassis is straight and solid except for the gearbox crossmember, which is a bit bashed (normal), the floors straight and clean and the underside of the sump is dry.

    Inside, there are a few paint microblisters on the dashboard but the instruments are all nice, and the leather is just taking on a bit of character. The carpets, hood and tonneau are as new, and the sidescreens should be by the time the car is sold. The motor is tidy, standard and correct, though with a braided flexy hose to the oil gauge and an electric fan. Its oil is golden, while the coolant is to the right level and vaguely blue.

    It starts easily with that typical BMC farty exhaust and it’s willing enough but not that quick. These don’t have synchro on first and second is going the same way, which isn’t a problem, just forcing a slower upchange and a double-declutch down. The brakes pull up well, the firm pedal confirming no servo, with a hint of pull to the right. Oil pressure is at least 60psi, with temperature steady at 80ºC.The mileometer reads, we suspect, the mileage since it was put back on the road in 2006 but the tripmeter doesn’t register. The last MoT expired in 2013, since when it hasn’t needed one, but it comes with a couple of more recent local concours awards.


    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Two blemishes in the paint, though these will be fixed
    INTERIOR Newish and just settling in
    MECHANICALS Quiet in operation; strong oil pressure; drives sweetly
    VALUE 4

    For Mk1 is most elegant; still in its rare original colour
    Against Second-gear synchro

    SHOULD I BUY IT?

    Minor, easily sortable or livable with issues, and £1000 less than FG’s Mk2. Plus, we like the colour.
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  •   Ben Barry reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    car #MGA-1600 / #MGA / #MG
    Year of manufacture #1960
    Recorded mileage 48,500
    Asking price £27,995
    Vendor Cheshire Classic Cars, Chester; tel: 01244 529500; www.cheshireclassiccars.co.uk

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £940 7s 6d
    Max power 78bhp
    Max torque 90lb ft
    0-60mph 14.2 secs
    Top speed 101mph
    Mpg 24-27

    This rather attractive A has had just three owners, all of whom knew each other, and its 22-year-old restoration – costing £20,000, and detailed in the history file with pictures plus invoices – is holding up extremely well. It’s not the original colour but the shade suits it.

    The body is particularly straight – just check the reflections down the side in the photograph. Panel-fit, mostly of the original metal, is all excellent, likewise the door-fit. The structure is clean and straight underneath, with dead-flat floorpans plus no dings or rot in the chassis, where we also discover a newish-looking stainless-steel exhaust. The rechroming work is good, with only a few polish marks visible and one small area of pitting on the right end of the front bumper. It’s also good to see body beading that hasn’t been painted over.

    The paint is mostly deep and even, although there are one or two tiny bubbles beginning to appear, the worst under the nearside headlight. The hood and sidescreens are the factory items, but still tidy. It has almost perfect Semperit radials all round, and an unused Roadstone on the spare.

    Inside, the leather has hardly any wear, and is just beginning to creasein nicely. The dashboard is all original, the steering wheel is crack-free and the carpets are pristine. The heater-control surround had been broken when we saw the car, but will be replaced before sale.

    The B-series unit is refinished to factory standards – not too shiny – with clean oil and bluish coolant to the correct levels. Braided fuel hoses are a thoughtful touch as well. There are no leaks from the motor – the floor was dry where the car had been standing – and just a couple of drips from the rear axle. The engine fires readily and the MGA drives very sweetly, showing 40psi oil pressure at warm tickover and 60psi when driving – with temperature steady at 180ºF. The car drives and brakes in a straight line – with a firm but rattle-free ride – while the synchros are a little crunchy if you rush the changes, although that’s normal. The MGA will be sold with a new MoT and a detailed history file.
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