Lot 1964


1958 MGA 1500 Coupe
Reg. no. WRW 728
Chassis no. HMT13/52757
Body no. 54847
Engine no. 8G362 RM 23206
Introduced in 1955 to replace the TF, the new MG A was felt by the company to be so different from its predecessors, that an entirely new naming system was required – and contemporary adverts played on that fact – ‘the first of a new line’, they proudly announced. In contrast to the T-series cars, the new A looked thoroughly up-to-date, and helped by the new 1.5 litre B-series engine, 100mph was possible. The engine was enlarged to 1.6 litres in 1959. From 1958 to 1960, a limited number of twin-cam MG As were also produced. In this form, the engine produced just over 100bhp, and four wheel Dunlop disc brakes were fitted to help keep that power under control. The A sold well until it was replaced by the B in 1962; it also did well in motorsport, particularly across the Atlantic where, from 1960 to ’63, they were the only non-American cars in the NASCAR series.
This Coupe version is extremely interesting, in that it features the braking system from a twin-cam car and deluxe model, but with specially made adapters to fit the standard road wheels, and powered by the standard B-series engine. The registration is a Coventry one, and as the Dunlop factory was based there, the vendor thinks that this may have been a factory development car. It is also fitted with a low ratio 4.55 rear axle and twin cam front suspension that hints at motor sport competition use aswell. The car has been unused for many years and is in need of full restoration, but once completed it would be a unique car with potentially an interesting history to research. It has been partially dismantled, the engine and gearbox are not fitted but are with the car along with other parts. There is a large history file including a V5c, a British Motor Heritage Trust production record certificate and lots of correspondence. It is currently on SORN.

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