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1959 MGA 1600
Reg. no. OFE 391
Chassis no. GHN76384
Engine no. t.b.a.
The MGA was in an entirely different league to its predecessors, clad in a stylish aerodynamic body and capable of topping 95mph, the MGA proved an instant hit, selling 13,000 examples in its first full year of production. After the disappointments of the Twin Cam model, engine enlargement was seen as the way forward. The result was a capacity increase from 1,489cc to 1,588cc. Acceleration was improved and the MGA in \'1600\' form was now a true 100mph-plus car. To cope with the extra performance, disc front brakes were adopted and the suspension was up-rated. The more-refined coupé version, with wind-up windows and lockable doors, continued as before while the roadster now came with sliding side windows.
This example finished in highly attractive powder blue, was registered in Lincolnshire on the 8th October 1959 having been built at Abingdon in the previous September. Our vendor purchased the car in 1989 and in the intervening time a great deal of work has been undertaken including a full respray, new trim and a full engine and gearbox rebuild. At that time an MGB cylinder head and differential were fitted. Ever since the car has been well maintained and serviced regularly.

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