1959 MGA Coupe - Mineral Blue - Beautiful Restoration
- Condition: Used
- Make: MG
- Model: MGA
- Type: Coupe
- Year: 1959
- Mileage: 103,000
- VIN: 33877
- Color: Blue
- Engine size: 1600
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Options: CD Player
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1959 MG MGA
I’ve been down this road before. However, this time I’m serious! I have too many cars. I don’t get to drive them as much as they need to be driven and it’s time I really reduce my collection. I have two MGA’s (this coupe and a roadster) and I’ll be selling them both.
I bought this car in 2014 out of Ohio. The PO performed a body off restoration over five years. He did a very good job and, while it’s not quite perfect, it looks beautiful!
In my ownership I put about 100 miles on the car. While the coupe is a beautiful car (reminiscent of the XK120), getting in and out of the car can be a challenge if you are, shall we say, “portly”. Once in the car there is plenty of room. However, since I am a solid 75 lbs. too “portly”, the car would be better enjoyed by someone of smaller girth.
Engine: This coupe is a 1500 series coupe. However, the good news (for drivability) and bad news (for originality) is the car has a later model 1600 engine. The engine was rebuilt when the car was restored and starts quickly every time. Absolutely no smoke, rattles or strange noises. The car has good oil pressure when cold. However, it is lower than I would like when warm. Warm pressure is around 40-50 psi. The factory manual says anything over 30 psi is okay. I would like to see more; however, it is within spec.
This car runs nice and cool. It still has the original cell core radiator which is known for their excellent cooling qualities.
Barney Gaylord (MGA guru) personally synchronized the carbs and tuned the engine two weeks ago.
The transmission shifts great with no grinding, popping out of gear, etc. Remember the MGA does not have synchromesh on first gear.
The engine bay is fantastically clean and very original looking.
The original style fuel pump is new within the last year.
Hydraulics: I replaced the master cylinder (brake and clutch) at the end of last year with a brand new correct unit. Barney Gaylord adjusted the brakes while he was here. The clutch is good and there are no leaks in the system
Suspension: The suspension received all new bushings and rebuilt lever arm shock absorbers when restored. The car handles great.
Electrical: New wiring harness front to back. Lights, horn, wipers, turn signal and even gas gauge work perfectly. The generator works correctly and charges the battery with no issue. Headlights are bright! The car has AM/FM/CD/MP3/R2D2/C3PO and whatever other stuff comes on a radio these days.
Interior: Excellent Moss Motors black leather seats and black vinyl trim. Black carpet. The dash was covered in black vinyl as well and looks very nice. Black headliner. The interior is in excellent condition and like new.
The purist will notice that the seats are covered with roadster fabric (the pleats run the wrong way). Also, in the coupe the carpet was gray from the factory. If this bothers you it’s something you can change out later. I would use it as is for now since it’s all new.
The tachometer and speedometer are from an early Austin Healy. They look and work great and are worth a good bit of money on their own. I do have the proper speedometer and tachometer (in good condition) that I will include for the winning bidder. They are very easy to change out. I rather like the look of the AH gauges. But, you can change them out and sell the Healey gauges if you wish.
Tires: The car has four matching Coker Classic wide white wall tires that still have the nubs on them. I think everyone would agree they make the car look spectacular. If you don’t agree; well, you shouldn’t be looking at buying this car…lol
Body: The Mineral Blue paint looks fantastic. Is there any better color? Seriously, this is my favorite MG color of all time.
The body has NO dents, dimples, door dings, etc. The doors close well and they stay shut. The aluminum boot (trunk) lid, bonnet (hood) and doors are excellent. The bumpers, overrriders, license plate light, and other chrome bits are all new. All rubber (door seals, glass/windshield seals, etc.) is new as well.
What a shame we don't have style like this any longer!
Look at this view...beautiful!
The frame was painted and all the wood is new. The car has always been garaged since being restored so the frame and wood floors are still excellent.
The boot (trunk) includes the hand crank handle and jack. As those who follow the market know, these items are getting ridiculously expensive and hard to find.
Summary: This a beautiful car that has been driven only a few miles since restoration. It is ready to show now and will win (or place) in any local car show. The car needs to be driven and enjoyed.
As a bonus feature, look at these "wet" pictures...wow!
Buyer is responsible for shipping. No warranty expressed or implied. I am happy to work with the shipper of your choice or you are welcome to pick up the car in person. The car is in Orangeburg, SC (29115). Payment via wire, cash in person, or check with ample time to clear.