CAR MGA / #MG
, Alamo Beige / #MGA-1600-Roadster
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
Max power 78bhp
Max torque 87lb ft
0-60mph 14.2 secs
Top speed 100mph
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.
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
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.