1959 MGA Coupe - Restore or Parts!
- Condition: Used
- Make: MG
- Model: MGA
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: A
- Year: 1959
- Mileage: 20,000
- Engine size: 4
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: 4 Speed
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
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1959 MGA Coupe Offered as a reserve auction.
This largely complete example has very nice aluminum doors and lids, a very complete interior with all guages present, solid sheet metal and trunk, good glass, complete set of wire wheels and knock off spare We have not attempted to turn the motor over, Known missing items are the fuel tank and bumpers, but there could be more missing. Obvious weak point is the always rusted out rockers. The car has a clear title. The frame appears solid. The car is sold as is where is with no guarantees whatsoever as to its completeness- what you see is what you get.
The MGA Coupe is a rare car and certainly this car is worthy of restoration, but certainly there are some nice parts here if you just need a donor car.
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The MGA is a sports car produced by MG division of the British Motor Corporation from 1955 to 1962. The MGA replaced the older T-type cars and represented a complete styling break from the older vehicles. The car was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. A total of 101,081 units were sold through the end of production in July 1962, the vast majority of which were exported. Only 5869 cars were sold on the home market, the highest export percentage of any British car. It was replaced by the MGB. The MGA design dates back to 1951, when MG designer Syd Enever created a streamlined body for George Philips' TD Le Mans car. The problem with this car was the high seating position of the driver because of the limitations of using the TD chassis. A new chassis was designed with the side members further apart and the floor attached to the bottom rather than the top of the frame sections. A prototype was built and shown to the BMC chairman Leonard Lord. He turned down the idea of producing the new car as he had just signed a deal with Donald Healey to produce Austin-Healey cars two weeks before. Falling sales of the traditional MG models caused a change of heart, and the car, initially to be called the UA-series, was brought back. As it was so different from the older MG models it was called the MGA, the "first of a new line" to quote the contemporary advertising. There was also a new engine available, therefore the car did not have the originally intended XPAG unit but was fitted with the BMC corporate B-Series type allowing a lower bonnet line. The MGA convertible had no exterior door handles, however the coupe has door handles.It was a body-on-frame design and used the straight-4 "B series" engine from the MG Magnette saloon driving the rear wheels through a 4-speed gearbox. Suspension was independent with coil springs and wishbones at the front and a rigid axle with semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Steering was by rack and pinion. The car was available with either wire-spoked or steel-disc road wheels.
The 1489 cc engine produced 68 hp at first, but was soon uprated to 72 hp. Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes were used on all wheels. A coupé version was also produced, bringing the total production of standard MGAs to 58,750. An early open car tested by British magazine The Motor in 1955 had a top speed of 97.8 mph and could accelerate from 0–60 mph in 16.0 seconds. A fuel consumption of 26.7 miles per imperial gallon was recorded. The test car cost £844 including taxes.
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