Lot C540


1960 MGA 1600cc Sports
Reg. no. SFV 452
Chassis no. GHN 83323
Engine no. 16GA/U/1692
Officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955, the MGA represented a clean break from the pre-war nature of the T-series cars that preceded it. Available as both an open sports car and a coupe, so different was it to other MGs that the letter A was used to signify a new start, a clean break from the older cars. Compared to the TF, the driver sat much lower, this being achieved by moving the chassis rails further apart and dropping the floor down between them. This resulted in both a more immersive driving experience and better handling. Under the bonnet, there was a new engine replacing the pre-war-derived XPAG unit, this being the 1.5 litre B-Series unit that MG now had access to as a result of the merger with Austin to form BMC. By 1960, the B-Series had grown to 1.6 litres, putting out 79.5bhp. These 1600 cars also gained disc brakes at the front. Tested by ‘The Motor’ in 1959, the MGA 1600 was found to have a top speed of just over 96mph and a 0-60 time of 13.3 seconds – performance that put it on a similar footing to rivals from the likes of Triumph.
This 1960 MGA 1600 was purchased by the vendor as an almost-finished restoration project in 2003. Over the next three years it was completed, and since then it has been in regular use, and regularly run with the Swansea Historic Vehicle Register. It has featured in their calendar in 2012 and picked up a few minor awards at club shows. The car has been maintained as a genuine runner and has participated in several long-distance runs, such as attending classic events in Ireland. Naturally in good condition mechanically, it is also good body-wise, with a professional repaint in the late 90s, although there is a scratch and dent on the driver’s door. This extremely useable example of this classic British sports car, may require some minor recommissioning and is offered with a V5C, a set of wire wheels, various re-chromed bumpers, side screens etc.

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